What we are doing
We are researching DIY aid and self-initiated aid groups assisting in relief efforts for the European refugee crisis. These informal networks of individuals play a major role in relief efforts. We are interested in filming 360° videos through the lens of the volunteers working on the refugee crisis. Half of our team traveled to Greece and Germany in January to gather primary content such as interviews from community members, volunteers, and new organizations focused on resettlement. The second half of our team will be running our social media to keep everyone up to date on our on the ground research.
We are especially interested in how DIY aid and self-initiated aid groups work, as they play a major role in relief efforts in Europe. The research process has been filmed with both immersive and traditional media, highlighting how local volunteers have become involved in the refugee crisis.
Last summer we worked with Lighthouse Relief, an organization based in Greece, that has been assisting refugees for over a year. We continue to work with them on the ground for this project by volunteering on the island of Lesvos. We also met with a number of locals on the island of Lesvos to interview them about their projects. In addition, we filmed a dinner with Options Food Lab in Athens to learn about their work connecting people through collaboration, food, and eating. In Germany, we created media featuring the work of several organizations which have connected resettled Syrians with German locals through dinners, networking events, educational services, and flat sharing.
As the View(Points) project progresses, regular updates will be posted to our social media and website. The final video-based stories will be showcased in New York City in a number of workshops, focus groups, and finally, in a public exhibition in the spring. An online exhibition is planned, for those not able to attend the NYC events. The View(Points) team will use these screenings to evaluate the impact of both immersive and traditional media on viewers’ perception of the refugee crisis.
Why we are doing this
We are not looking to share stories that will capture news headlines, but rather tell the stories of small daily activities of people providing support to refugees and asylum seekers. In an effort to avoid an over-saturation of media about the refugee crisis, we are approaching from a new angle - immersive media focused on volunteers to show how the individual can actually make a difference. We believe that immersive media has the power to create awareness and connections in a greater way than traditional media. We are looking to test this hypothesis with a pilot project by creating video-based stories with immersive and traditional media and testing its impact with focus groups, workshops, and a final public exhibition.