RecoVR: Mosul, a Collective Reconstruction

    • Ziv Schneider, Laura Juo-Hsin Chen
    • United States
    • 2015
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Seamless Reality
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    With more than 3,500 archeological sites, including centuries-old religious and historic excavations, Iraq’s second-largest city Mosul has the majority of the country's archaeological wealth. On June 10, 2014, Mosul was occupied by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Images of the destruction of historic sites and artifacts in the city’s museum made international headlines and shocked the world. RecoVR: Mosul, a Collective Reconstruction is a virtual reality installation created in response to this destruction, allowing us to visit the museum again and find out what happened to some of its key pieces. While walking through the museum we see the destroyed artifacts, digitally reconstructed through crowd-sourced imagery. This virtual environment was created by new media artists Ziv Schneider and Laura Chen. Apart from bringing the historical collection back to life, it also sheds light on ISIL's war on cultural heritage. The project was in part inspired by the Museum of Stolen Art, an earlier virtual reality project by Schneider that will be released online soon.

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    • color / black and white
    • cross-platform
    Director
    Ziv Schneider, Laura Juo-Hsin Chen
    Production
    Project Mosul, The Economist Media Lab
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    Economist Media Lab

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