Karim Ben Khelifa returns to the Open Documentary Lab to talk about the final iteration of his groundbreaking interactive Virtual Reality (VR) exhibition and immersive experience “The Enemy.” The project was incubated at the Open Documentary Lab and MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and developed in collaboration with MIT Professor D. Fox Harrell. It is currently being exhibited at the MIT Museum.

Through 360-degree imaging and recordings, “The Enemy” offers encounters with combatants on opposite sides of conflicts in Israel/Palestine, the Congo, and El Salvador. In their own words, each combatant offers personal perspectives on war, including thoughts on motivations, suffering, freedom, and the future. The project incorporates concepts from artificial intelligence and cognitive science-based interaction models.

Exhibition: https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/enemy

Sponsored by MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST).


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