Mixed Media Lounge

Girl wearing Samsung Gear VR headset Encounter stories told in new ways, and examine how a medium shapes the message.

Anthropologist Margaret Mead documented cultures and helped others connect to communities around the world using the groundbreaking medium of her time: film. Building on the spirit of her cutting-edge work, today’s new media—virtual reality, augmented reality, and more—are used to convey diverse stories.

Biidaaban: First Light
Lisa Jackson, Mathew Borrett, Jam3 and the National Film Board of Canada
2018 | 7 min 
Virtual Reality, Oculus

The town square is flooded. The infrastructure has merged with local flora and people commute via canoe. In this radically different future, urban life is thriving. Biidaaban: First Light illuminates how Indigenous languages can provide a framework for understanding our place in a reconciled version of Canada’s largest urban environment.

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Blood Speaks 
A Ritual of Exile, Iolation, Courage: An Immersive Meditation
Poulomi Basu 
2017 | 11 min 
360 Video, Gear VR

Blood Speaks: A Ritual of Exile is a transmedia project that investigates the experience of women being exiled in Nepal during menstruation. 

Lakshmi, 29, is forced to live apart from her family while she has her period. Her five-year-old son, who is too young to be without his mother, is exiled alongside her. Despite all the obstacles, Lakshmi’s instinct to protect and provide for her children is undefeated. This story is a testament to Lakshmi’s resilience in the face of isolation and stigma. 

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Legacies 150 
National Film Board of Canada 
Interactive web documentary 

A nation is a collection of stories. Where they overlap, they represent a shared experience and an intergenerational legacy. In their uniqueness, they underscore just how varied our individual lives are. 

Legacies 150 is a series of interactive photo and illustration essays reflecting on legacy and inheritance a century and a half into Canadian Confederation. These first-person stories explore where we come from, who we are, and what kind of nation we are becoming.

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Voices of the Himalayas
Endangered Language Alliance 
2017 | 10 min

Listen to the languages of Himalayan New Yorkers through stories of their experiences of migration and social change. Compiled from dozens of oral histories taken by the Endangered Language Alliance, this 10-minute audio experience explores the rich language diversity of the Himalayan region, now heard within the five boroughs. Languages featured include Mustangi, Sherpa, Kham, Amdo, and Ü-tsang varieties. 

Use the time stamped translated key to follow along with the audio. 

Special thanks to the Endangered Language Alliance. More information about the Voices of the Himalayas here.