In slam poetry competitions, a poet’s performance begins the instant they address the audience, whether with words or their eyes. It’s an unspoken “in”—the indication that they’ve entered the poet’s world and are now along for the ride.

In slam poetry competitions, a poet’s performance begins the instant they address the audience, whether with words or their eyes. It’s an unspoken “in”—the indication that they’ve entered the poet’s world and are now along for the ride.

It’s not unlike the in that occurs when one is drawn into a virtual reality (VR) experience. During a virtual reality experience, the participant typically wears a headset and is immersed in a 360-degree world simulating reality and engaging the participant (also referred to as the experiant) through sight and sound in that world. The in serves as a cue to lead the participant to where the action is happening.

In UNCSA’s School of Filmmaking, “Slam,” a virtual reality poetry experience, has taken on a life of its own.

The short film is a collaboration between graduate screenwriting student Aja Cooper and faculty member Gary Tieche. The project presented a first for both of them—writing a script for virtual reality. 

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Original story by by Corrine Luthy, March 06, 2017

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