Past events

DocLab Live: Bloodless – Guided by the Ghost of a Korean Sex Worker 25 Nov 2017 at 17:00

Special presentation on VR installation Bloodless, in which director Gina Kim and guests discuss the influence of American military presence on the South Korean people since 1956.

DocLab Live: Order, Chaos and Everything 21 Nov 2017 at 20:00

Join Jonathan Harris on a secular pilgrimage: from physical reality to the chaos of YouTube, and a digital simulation of consciousness.

Industry Session: Making VR Work for Audiences 20 Nov 2017 at 10:00

Zillah Watson, Commissioning Editor for Virtual Reality at the BBC, on how to make VR work for audiences.

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A moving virtual reality story in a world of delicately folded paper, about a Canadian family and their unexpected experience with a Japanese exchange student.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of international students head for Canada to study. Many of them rent a room with a host family to make the most of the exchange experience, and both the student and the family get to know another culture. Homestay is a virtual reality story about a Canadian family who hosts a Japanese exchange student named Taro. The stay takes a turn for the unexpected, and changes the hosts’ thinking about family, hospitality and nationality. The VR experience is a linear progression that takes place in a world of delicately folded paper, inspired by the Nitobe Memorial Garden in Vancouver. We can use the control to manipulate the environment, and turned-up corners invite us to pull on the paper and tear it. This makes us aware of the fragility of our environment as we progress through this moving story. It’s a surreal experience, where we are sometimes out of control, just like in real life. Often things aren’t as easy as they seem.

Project details

Year of development :2017
Created by:Paisley Smith, Jam3, NFB
With:Rob McLaughlin & Loc Dao for National Film Board of Canada

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