Collaborative Virtual Reality Experience for the 28th German Unity Day
To the present day, the Berlin Wall is a symbol for overcoming borders and freedom. The latter often are expressed by graffities that can be found everywhere on the remains of the Wall.
For the 2018’s citizens fair of the German Unity Day in Berlin we created a collaborative experience with all visitors of the event space infront of Brandenburger Tor to remember the unification and to empower a feeling of togetherness.
In Virtual Reality we enabled them to also spraypaint their messages of peace, joy and unity on a digital piece of the Berlin Wall.
Over 200 people visited the events Berlin tent made use of our VR-station to paint on the virtual memorial.
All artworks were uploaded to the website www.mauerwerk.berlin and arranged as a big collaborative piece. All participants can find their piece of wall by looking up the date and the time it was created by them.
This way an everlasting digital artwork of potentially unlimited size just got started.
Witnesses of history, children, teenagers and international guests sprayed their messages and images, just as artists from all over the world and Berliners did during the cold war and after the wall had fallen.
The excitement about VR was enormous and the topic sparked a lot of conversations. People shared stories of their experience when the wall finally fell and it was discussed what could be drawn next.
The fun and joy that could be seen in their faces was the best feedback we could have wished for.
Out of all great anecdotes we were told one really stood out.
A married couple told us that if the wall had not fallen they never would have been able to spend their lives together.
They visited our station on two consecutive days and educated her young daughter proudly on the impact the wall had had on their lives. It was important to them that she, a direct result of the German Unity, painted on the virtual wall.
The Virtual Reality Experience was made with Kingspray Lab.
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