VR Story Pitch: Homeless Art

I saw this Washington Post article about the breakup of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its College of Art & Design, which was a hugely political, divisive issue in D.C. and has resulted in a lot of lost jobs and art without a home as the issues get sorted out: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/corcoran-breakup-deal-still-provokes-angry-feelings/2016/08/16/d6845300-581b-11e6-831d-0324760ca856_story.html?hpid=hp_local-news_corcoran-320pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

Reading this, I immediately thought how it could be a very visually appealing story in VR, because the power of stories about art is in the visuals. What I envision for this story is a VR experience recreating the Corcoran Gallery in its prime, allowing viewers to go through the collections and relive the beauty of the displays. There could be a lot of interactivity built in, with descriptions of each exhibit or key pieces.

In addition to a VR landscape, this piece could incorporate 360 video of the different places the art is being stored now, perhaps including interviews with a couple of the former employees who are now unemployed and can lend an emotional element to the story.

It would also be great to create a second VR landscape the shows the planned new exhibits in the National Gallery of Art and the school, to give viewers a strong idea of what is planned for the art, which could rally support behind the deal.

Photos are great for helping to tell stories in the arts and culture world, but I imagine using VR and immersive video would create more interest among viewers and inspire more investment in keeping the arts alive.


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