Virtual reality takes the viewer out of the seat and into the stage where the action takes place. Proximity, empathy, and intimacy with the environment and its main characters are intense, thus making VR the best medium to promote social change and make visible the situation of the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Gabo Arora, creative director and advisor at the UN, works precisely in this field, using new technologies to fight for social causes, such as climate change and several humanitarian campaigns. Then, Arora is the celebrated director of the first VR documentary series by the United Nations. This series takes us to the Gaza Strip in ‘My Mother’s Wing’, to a Syrian refugee camp in ‘Clouds Over Sidra’, or to Liberia during the Ebola crisis. These works have been exhibited in festivals such as Sundance or Tribeca. Gabo Arora is a 2016 World Economic Forum arts and cultural leader at Davos and is member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
He will participate ona VR roundtable at Sónar+D 2017.