The Museum of the Moving Image announced last night that it will be venturing into a new program called “VR360.” The news was discussed at an event co-sponsored by The Associated Press and RYOT News where there was a presentation of a virtual reality film called “Seeking Home: Life Inside the Calais Migrant Camp,” which looks in on a town created by refugees in northern France.
Carl Goodman, the Museum’s Executive Director, said, “Virtual reality has been ‘just around the corner’ for 25 years. Now we’ve turned that corner and 2016 will be the year when VR transitions from a set of technologies to a true moving image medium. Through live events, exhibits, and education programs, the Museum’s “VR360″ initiative will explore the unprecedented and rapidly evolving set of capabilities for creative expression and visual immersion that VR offers.”
At the event, Museum members and invited guests experienced the film on VR headsets and/or their own smart phones using cardboard headsets. The Museum will continue to present a series of programs — including demonstrations, screenings, discussions and exhibits — as part of the “VR360” initiative, which emerged earlier this year with the success of the exhibition “Sensory Stories.” For updates, visit MoMI website.