The Visit

Kuchelmeister, Volker, Bennett, Jill, GInnivan, Natasha, Kenning, Gail, Papadopoulos, Christopher, Dean, Bec, and Neidorf, Melissa (2020) The Visit. In: Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops. pp. 853-854. From: VRW 2020: IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, 22-26 March 2020, Atlanta, GA, USA.

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The Visit is an interactive real-time Virtual Reality experience, developed from a ground-breaking research project conducted by artists and psychologists working with women living with dementia. Visitors are invited to sit with Viv, a life-sized, realistic animated character whose dialogue is created largely from verbatim interviews, drawing us into a world of perceptual uncertainty, while at the same time confounding stereotypes and confronting fears about dementia. The character is sensitive to the motions of the viewer, she is aware of the presence in her home by making eye-contact and directly addressing the visitor. The characterisation has scientific validity but also the qualities of a rich, emotion-driven film narrative. The point of the work is to draw the viewer into the emotional/perceptual world of Viv. Like the women who co-created her, Viv experiences various dementia-related symptoms, including hallucinations and confabulation, but she is also insightful and reflective. Viv is living a life and coming to terms with a neurological change.

Item ID: 77263
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
ISBN: 978-1-7281-6532-5
Copyright Information: © 2020 IEEE
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2023 00:46
FoR Codes: 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3605 Screen and digital media > 360504 Interactive media @ 75%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520106 Psychology of ageing @ 25%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 100%
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