can vr be used for social change

Join us on the 24th October for a very special presentation of Future Aleppo, where the project’s producer Alex Pearson will be joined by award-winning journalist Waad Alkataeb, who broke the story from which the Virtual Reality experience spawned, to discuss their work as well as the role of new media as an agent of Social Change.

Future Aleppo is based on the incredible work of Mohammed Kteish whose determination to preserve his beloved home city of Aleppo saw him salvaging whatever materials he could to construct a paper-crafted version of the besieged city.

The project received this year’s Sheffield DocFest commission in association with FACT and Arts Council UK and was then able to create a Virtual Reality experience in which Mohammed is able to take participants on a tour of his favorite landmarks and reveal his own plans to rebuild Aleppo.

For more details, please visit the website Future Aleppo.

Register for this free event on Eventbrite.

About “disLAB Presents…”

“disLAB presents” is a monthly appointment where students, scholars and practitioners can meet to be inspired by the latest work in digital storytelling.

This series of free encounters is organised by the team leading the new Digital and Interactive Storytelling LAB MA course at the University of Westminster.

If you are interested in digital journalism, interactive documentary, apps for social change, VR, educational video games or just digital communication, this series of encounters is for you. The aim is to invite students and media makers to join the conversation with practitioners, so that together we can act as a creative community.

disLAB challenges the use of digital media to do exciting storytelling. It is about being creative and becoming the storytellers of the future. For this, it is important to be exposed to current practices, be inspired by great makers, help each other and dare to innovate.

By inviting successful digital storytellers to share their current projects and expertise in an informal setting, we hope to bridge the gap between industry and universities. Let’s help each other!