Stage 9
17:30 - 18:30
Immersive Arts
VR:RV|Visualising the Invisible: VR Encounters in Non-Fiction

Short thesis

What does VR allow us to witness that is otherwise invisible? How can new immersive spaces invite us to explore the frontiers of journalism, science, education? What are the implications of VR as voyeurism, as witness to trauma and conflict: what can we expose and what should we ultimately leave to the imagination?


At the intersection of journalism and VR, the concepts of Image and Truth are imbued with new perceptive qualities. When Virtual meets Reality, the space is fraught with questions of representation, manipulation, complicity and consent, on both sides of the technological lens. This panel of journalists and VR experts convenes to discuss the frontlines of their work and exposes some of the cracks in our 360 degrees of enthusiasm.

VR:RV is a project by the Goethe-Institut, realized with the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and in collaboration with MUTEK_IMG, re:publica, the National Film Board of Canada, the Canadian Film Centre, ARTE Germany, Eye Steel Film, Mozilla Foundation, Doc Circuit Montréal, SODEC and Retune.