HEARTS AND MINDS: THE INTERROGATIONS PROJECT
A virtual reality narrative of violence and post-traumatic stress based on American veteran's experiences with becoming torturers.
Blender, Unity, Virtual Reality (CAVE2, HMD), Custom Shaders
Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project is a virtual reality performance telling the stories of ordinary American soldiers who over the course of their deployment in the American counter-insurgency campaign in the early 2000s struggled with the actions they were asked to do.
Based on interviews by political scientist Dr. John Tsukayama (Brigham Young University, Hawaii), the dissertation was adapted by writer Dr. Scott Rettberg (University of Bergen, Norway), and filmmaker Dr. Roderick Coover (Temple University, PA) into a narrative that was further developed as a virtual reality performance for the CAVE2™ Hybrid-Reality Environment at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory by VR artist Professor Daria Tsoupikova (University of Illinois at Chicago, IL), and computer scientist Arthur Nishimoto (University of Illinois at Chicago, IL).
Using the environmental models and assets by Prof. Tsoupikova, I built the Unity scenes and developed the interaction scripts used to tell the narrative through multiple indoor and outdoor environments, crossfading between domestic home spaces and abstract desert scenes as the soldiers tell their stories.
SIGGRAPH Asia 2016
Tsoupikova, D., Rettberg, S., Coover, R. and Nishimoto, A. 2016. The Battle for Hearts and Minds: Interrogation and Torture in the Age of War: An Adaptation for Oculus Rift. SIGGRAPH ASIA 2016 VR Showcase (New York, NY, USA, 2016), 5:1–5:2. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2996376.2996383
Nishimoto, A., Tsoupikova, D., Rettberg, S. and Coover, R. 2016. From CAVE2TM to Mobile: Adaptation of Hearts and Minds Virtual Reality Project Interaction. Human-Computer Interaction. Interaction Platforms and Techniques. M. Kurosu, ed. Springer International Publishing. 400–411. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-39516-6_38
Tsoupikova, D., Rettberg, S., Coover, R., Nishimoto, A., The Battle for Hearts and Minds: Interrogation and Torture in the Age of War. 2015. ACM SIGGRAPH 2019 Posters on - SIGGRAPH ’15 (Los Angeles, California, 2015).
Coover, R., Rettberg, S., Tsoupikova, D. and Nishimoto, A. Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project. In Proceedings of the IEEE VIS Arts Program (VISAP), Paris, France, November 2014.