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‘Condition One’: Virtual Reality Explores Hidden Factory Farming At Sundance

Wed, January 27, 2016 11:04am EDT by Beth Shilliday Add first Comment

Two artists have put their talent together to film a whole new world of virtual reality, and they’re showing off their proud work at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

While virtual reality headsets have been around for awhile, two artists are upping the game on it with an intense new piece that follows an undercover officer into the dark and hidden world of factory farming. Called Condition One, the VR documentary shows that “it’s here where you really get to see first hand what the conditions are,” film maker Casey Brown shared about the controversial topic. And it was no easy task by any means, as she and her partner Danfung Dennis used a custom configuration of 16 cameras that are all recording at the same time, all on on a stationary tripod to do their work. Wow! Sounds pretty intense!

Artist Danfung Dennis was a little bit more spiritual about their virtual reality company, and explained that with their technology they can, “transport people into another world, experiencing things you would never be able to have.” That includes “being next to a jaquar as it comes up to you and is looking into your eyes. This is almost a spiritual moment!” he exclaims with deep enthusiasm before sharin ,“We know that VR can convey a sense of empathy, and beyond that I think we can start widening our circles of compassion.” Wow, heavy stuff!

HollywoodLifers, have you ever tried out virtual reality devices?