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Now you can experience refugee camps via VR on Tom Tits

2019-09-20T04:11:28.774Z

Often you hear about them in the news feed. But you rarely get the chance to see how everyday life really is in a refugee camp. The exhibition Shelter will change that - using modern technology.



On Friday, Tom Tits opens his new exhibition Shelter, which shows the life of a refugee camp in a whole new way. Visitors can, among other things, through VR technology experience everyday situations from several different refugee camps around the world.

- We want to show how it really works and goes when you live as a refugee in an emergency home. We have filmed in three different places in the world, says director Jesper Wachtmeister.

Jesper had long thought about making a documentary, but after many discussions and when at the same time contact with the organization Architects without Borders, it landed instead in an exhibition.

- They were interested in collaborating on a project with VR and 360 video and we wanted that too, says Jesper Wachtmeister, who in the project also collaborated with the aid organizations UNHCR and Shelterbox disaster relief.

World premiere in Södertälje

The creators behind the exhibition have been working on the material for a year and a half, and now it is the world premiere of Shelter at Tom Tits.

"Södertälje has been very enthusiastic, the guides are enthusiastic and everything works very well, so we are very happy to open the exhibition here," says Jesper Wachtmeister, who plans to take the exhibition to other science centers when the exhibition wraps up from Tom Tits in January.

Want to attract young people

The exhibition, whose subtitle is Virtual Escape to Reality, is aimed at young people, and the purpose is to bring new thoughts to people who may not reflect on the situation many millions of people in the world are living.

- The exhibition is aimed primarily at school classes and the public, so we have tried to make sure that what we show should not be too scary or prohibited by children, says Jesper Wachtmeister, who also hopes that the new VR technology will make it easier for young people to access say the message in the exhibition.

- We want to attract especially young people, and I think that the news's pleasure with VR glasses can attract people who may not initially be interested in the topic that we think is very important to understand.

Source: svt

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