#InTheLoop | New Exhibition Explores Nuclear Threat and 3D Storytelling
BY QEDC It's In Queens
Nothing happened, but everything changed.
On Jan. 13, 2018, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency flashed “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL” on mobile phones across the state at 8:08 am. Cellular communication networks collapsed, and panic took hold until the message was retracted 38 minutes later.
This news event is retold in On the Morning You Wake (to the End of the World), a virtual reality (VR) documentary that mixes real-life audio testimonies by witnesses, spoken words by poet Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, and an immersive score from Bobby Krlic.
Learn the story-behind-the-story when the On the Morning You Wake to Nuclear Threat: Exploring Social Impact Through Virtual Reality exhibition opens at the Museum of the Moving Image’s Amphitheater Gallery on Friday, Jan. 20. It’ll be on display until Sunday, Feb. 12.
Co-presented by the Woodside-based nonprofit Games for Change, the exposition offers an in-depth recounting of the horrific 38 minutes along with insight into the 3D storytelling process, technical innovation, and the film’s worldwide impact.
Tickets are $15, but an additional $5 provides access to all the galleries. MoMI is located at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
“On the Morning You Wake is a transformative work of art and a proof point for the power of immersive technologies to drive social impact,” stated Games for Change President Susanna Pollack. “[It] aims to spark critical dialogue and action towards nuclear abolition, and inspire current and future creators and changemakers to continue pushing the boundaries of immersive storytelling for impact.”
MoMI Executive Director Carl Goodman added: “What’s so striking about the work is the way in which new technologies for creative expression can be used to confront and address one of the world’s most powerful technologies of destruction.”
Images: On the Morning You Wake