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Behind the curtain of the "Ultimate Empathy Machine"

Behind the curtain of the "Ultimate Empathy Machine"

Bevan, Chris, Green, David Philip, Farmer, Harry ORCID: 0000-0002-3684-0605, Rose, Mandy, Cater, Kirsten, Stanton Fraser, Danaë and Brown, Helen (2019) Behind the curtain of the "Ultimate Empathy Machine". In: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '19. ACM, pp. 1-12. ISBN 978-1450359702 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1145/3290605.3300736)

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Abstract

Virtual Reality nonfiction (VRNF) is an emerging form of immersive media experience created for consumption using panoramic “Virtual Reality" headsets. VRNF promises nonfiction content producers the potential to create new ways for audiences to experience “the real"; allowing viewers to transition from passive spectators to active participants. Our current project is exploring VRNF through a series of ethnographic and experimental studies. In order to document the content available, we embarked on an analysis of VR documentaries produced to date. In this paper, we present an analysis of a representative sample of 150 VRNF titles released between 2012-2018. We identify and quantify 64 characteristics of the medium over this period, discuss how producers are exploiting the affordances of VR, and shed light on new audience roles. Our findings provide insight into the current state of the art in VRNF and provide a digital resource for other researchers in this area.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '19
Additional Information: Presented at 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2019. Glasgow, United Kingdom. 04 - 09 May 2019.
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual reality, nonfiction, immersive media, interaction
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
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Last Modified: 12 Feb 2020 15:39
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26824

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