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Friday, February 28 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Bayeté Ross Smith 360 VR Experience

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Bayete Ross Smith 360 is a 10 Minute VR Experience by artist Bayete Ross Smith featuring two 360 VR pieces: Firsthand Account: The Assassination of Malcolm X and Ruby Bridges: 6 Years Old and Desegregating.

To Sign-up:
  • Please sign-up via the Check-In Table located in JANM right outside the Delegate Lounge.
  • Ask an FFCON VR Team Member for VR Sign up, who will assist you in choosing your desired time slot.

Once you sign up for a time slot, please arrive at the VR Lounge (Inside Delegate Lounge) 5 mins before the time slot. Wait for instructions from the FFCON VR Team. If you show up late or missed your time slot, no worries please go back to Check-In Table and sign up for a new time slot with an FFCON VR Team member.


History and historical memory are critical to our understanding of contemporary times, both in terms of our accomplishments but also in terms of the social issues we face. In these two pieces, Bayeté Ross Smith uses 360VR to examine sites of historic significance and the events that occurred on these sites, in order to examine how we live on top of history that is unresolved and therefore continue to be impacted by the social issues connected to this unresolved history. Archival images that document and relate to these historic events are blended over the contemporary 360 video in combination with animation, thus creating a sense of traveling back in time. These archival images also represent our historic memory as a society. The pieces are narrated through interviews with people who have first hand knowledge of the events that occurred, either as historians or as eyewitnesses.The resulting piece creates an engaging reflection on history and draws an aesthetic connection to how it impacts how we currently experience the world. Furthermore, though concise, they function as entry points to encourage further exploration and study of these events and topics.

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Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith is a photographer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator from Harlem, New York. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a TED Resident and an inaugural POV NY Times embedded mediamaker.Bayeté’s work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the... Read More →

Friday February 28, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm PST
Aratani Central Hall, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA