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Virtual Reality by Older Adults, Time and Connectedness

Virtual Reality by Older Adults, Time and Connectedness The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 196–202, https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2019.1652136 REVIEW ESSAY Virtual Reality by Older Adults, Time and Connectedness In this paper, anthropologist Tanisha Jowsey reviews a virtual reality interactive film from The GeriActivists project, produced by illuminart®. Director of illuminart®, David Ryan, responds. I often jest with people ‘I am not only technologically incompetent but also technologi- cally intolerant; a nasty combo’. While others grab the controls of an Xbox I grab a pair of gardening gloves. So it is with surprise that I recently watched—and became enthralled by —three 360° virtual reality (VR) immersive films produced by illuminart®, at the 2018 Annual International Arts and Health Conference in Port Macquarie, Australia. In 2017, David Ryan and his team of multi-media artists from illuminart® engaged with older adults (55 years plus) from low socio-economic backgrounds in Western Sydney (St Marys) for several years to co-create three 3-minute virtual reality experi- ences (Houston 2018). Project participants included Llandilo Maltese seniors from ‘heirloom farms’, who were asked to imagine life in their community in 2068 (50 years in the future). Over a three-month period, the Persian community co-created an original song, which they performed as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology Taylor & Francis

Virtual Reality by Older Adults, Time and Connectedness

Virtual Reality by Older Adults, Time and Connectedness

The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology , Volume 21 (2): 7 – Mar 14, 2020

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The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 196–202, https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2019.1652136 REVIEW ESSAY Virtual Reality by Older Adults, Time and Connectedness In this paper, anthropologist Tanisha Jowsey reviews a virtual reality interactive film from The GeriActivists project, produced by illuminart®. Director of illuminart®, David Ryan, responds. I often jest with people ‘I am not only technologically incompetent but also technologi- cally intolerant; a nasty combo’. While others grab the controls of an Xbox I grab a pair of gardening gloves. So it is with surprise that I recently watched—and became enthralled by —three 360° virtual reality (VR) immersive films produced by illuminart®, at the 2018 Annual International Arts and Health Conference in Port Macquarie, Australia. In 2017, David Ryan and his team of multi-media artists from illuminart® engaged with older adults (55 years plus) from low socio-economic backgrounds in Western Sydney (St Marys) for several years to co-create three 3-minute virtual reality experi- ences (Houston 2018). Project participants included Llandilo Maltese seniors from ‘heirloom farms’, who were asked to imagine life in their community in 2068 (50 years in the future). Over a three-month period, the Persian community co-created an original song, which they performed as

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10.1080/14442213.2019.1652136
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The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 196–202, https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2019.1652136 REVIEW ESSAY Virtual Reality by Older Adults, Time and Connectedness In this paper, anthropologist Tanisha Jowsey reviews a virtual reality interactive film from The GeriActivists project, produced by illuminart®. Director of illuminart®, David Ryan, responds. I often jest with people ‘I am not only technologically incompetent but also technologi- cally intolerant; a nasty combo’. While others grab the controls of an Xbox I grab a pair of gardening gloves. So it is with surprise that I recently watched—and became enthralled by —three 360° virtual reality (VR) immersive films produced by illuminart®, at the 2018 Annual International Arts and Health Conference in Port Macquarie, Australia. In 2017, David Ryan and his team of multi-media artists from illuminart® engaged with older adults (55 years plus) from low socio-economic backgrounds in Western Sydney (St Marys) for several years to co-create three 3-minute virtual reality experi- ences (Houston 2018). Project participants included Llandilo Maltese seniors from ‘heirloom farms’, who were asked to imagine life in their community in 2068 (50 years in the future). Over a three-month period, the Persian community co-created an original song, which they performed as

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