Aleks Krotoski explores life in the digital world. Aleks explores whether technology can change our perspective by allowing us to walk in another man's shoes.
The world we experience through screen based technology is two dimensional which some argue creates distance between the viewer and the viewed but can modern day virtual reality story telling using a three dimensional perspective go further than any other medium of technology to enable us to really experience the lives of others, to walk in another man's shoes?
Vicky Sutherland is mum to eight year old Arron who suffers from autism. Vicky tries to see the world through Arron's eyes as he suffers from sensory overload but for the first time she watches a virtual reality experience produced by The National Autistic Society which shows the world from the perspective of an autistic child experiencing sensory overload. She discovers whether this gives her a new perspective into Arron's experience of the world around him.
Imogen Blood's father John Hull lost his sight over a number of years, while she tried to understand what it was like for her father she only fully appreciated how sound became such an anchor in his world of darkness when she watched the virtual reality film Notes On Blindness: Into Darkness, which features John's use of echo location in order to navigate the world around him.
And Aleks speaks to Gabo Arora the Director of the UN's Virtual Reality Lab who has produced several virtual reality films including Clouds Over Sidra featuring 12 years old Syrian refugee Sidra. As Sidra introduces the viewer to life in a refugee camp, Aleks questions whether these types of films reduce the distance between the viewer and the viewed, changing our perspective and increasing our empathy because we are able to walk in another person's shoes.
Produced by Kate Bissell.
Imogen is the daughter of the late John Hull a theologian. After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary. Over three years John recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness
John’s experience of blindness and his recordings were the inspiration for the feature film Notes on Blindness and the virtual reality film Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness.
Professor Paul Bloom
Professor Laurie Paul
Laurie Paul is Professor of Philosophy at North Carolina University Chapel Hill andProfessorial Fellow at the University of St Andrews. Laurie’s research interests cover areas such as metaphysics and the philosophy of mind and she has recently researched and written about virtual reality and our future selves. She’s interested in how VR alongside our imagination can help us to make future decision for ourselves and others.
Sidra is a 12 year old girl who lives in The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Zaatari is home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war, and children make up half the camp's population.In Gabo’s virtual reality film Clouds Over Sidra, Sidra leads you through her daily life: Eating, sleeping, learning and playing in the vast desert city of tents.