Holograms
from Syria

An Augmented Reality art installation that uses the Hololens to bring the war in Syria to safe and familiar places in the United States.

An Augmented Reality interactive documentary that portrays the diversity of socio-political experiences of people perceived as Muslims in the US.

An Augmented Reality interactive documentary that portrays the diversity of socio-political experiences of people perceived as Muslims in the US.

DETAILS —

FORMAT
Augmented Reality

RUN TIME  Open-Ended
PLATFORM  Hololens
TECHNOLOGY  Unity3D, Holotoolkit

HOLOGRAMS FROM SYRIA uses Microsoft Hololens to alter a viewer's surroundings, bringing the grisly carnage of the ongoing Syrian civil war into a familiar context. The latest iteration of Holograms from Syria was on view at Bennington College in Vermont, where ghostly apparitions of Syrian victims and assailants invaded the campus' Visual and Performing Arts Center.

The body of Alan Kurdi, the Kurdish child found washed up on a Turkish beach, appears on a red couch. An armed soldier climbs the steps of the building, scarily reminiscent of a school shooter on his way to commit an act of violence. Re-contextualizing these images in distant lands and in spaces deemed safe by viewers unmasks their innate horror. The effect is a sense of guilt, causing the viewer to re-evaluate their position as a global citizen once they realize that lack of immediacy shouldn't be synonymous with a lack of action or empathy.

 A liberal arts student returning to school, a touring punk band, and a desi auntie with curry powder in her carry-on bag are randomly selected to be interrogated at an international airport. The common thread: their perceived Muslim identity. Inspired by project creator Asad J. Malik’s own inevitable connection with the brutal Syrian president for their nearly identical names, ASAD & ASSAD is an Augmented Reality interactive documentary that uses volumetric video to capture the wide spectrum of perceived Muslim identities.

Put on the Hololens and take a walk, stopping to meet holograms of numerous human beings of distinct identities as they are questioned by an unseen interlocutor. Watch and listen as these interrogations become startlingly intimate encounters between you and them.

 A liberal arts student returning to school, a touring punk band, and a desi auntie with curry powder in her carry-on bag are randomly selected to be interrogated at an international airport. The common thread: their perceived Muslim identity. Inspired by project creator Asad J. Malik’s own inevitable connection with the brutal Syrian president for their nearly identical names, ASAD & ASSAD is an Augmented Reality interactive documentary that uses volumetric video to capture the wide spectrum of perceived Muslim identities.

Put on the Hololens and take a walk, stopping to meet holograms of numerous human beings of distinct identities as they are questioned by an unseen interlocutor. Watch and listen as these interrogations become startlingly intimate encounters between you and them.

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