XR HISTORY AWARD 2022
Your extended view of history!
Representations of history are powerful means, too often and too easily manipulated. Now, more than ever, is the time to tell fact-based stories about the past in new formats. This year we were, for the first time, searching for a creative XR project that provides an opportunity to experience history from a different angle, for an idea that opens up our view of the past and allows us to hear those voices that often remain unheard.
Together with VRHAM! Festival, Körber-Stiftung initiated the XR History Award to honour a project that uses immersive technology to explore history, history education or commemorative culture. Until April 2022, teams from all over the world were invited to submit their XR project. We wanted to find projects, which use various approaches towards innovative perspectives of history – in the format of either documentaries, stories or art.
The winning project is rewarded with 5.000 Euro and an international jury of experts, coming from different fields of expertise, determined the winner.
Calling for submissions for the first ever XR History Award, we received more than 80 submissions from 22 different countries. Now, a winner has been chosen. The awarded project was presented at the opening ceremony of the „ULTRAMARIN – An immersive Exhibition“ of VRHAM! Festival on 2 June, 2022 in Hamburg. The laudatory speech was given by journalist Joachim Telgenbüscher, who works as head of the history department at Gruner & Jahr and writes about peculiar historical facts on Twitter, where he has 160k followers.
Winner of the XR History Award - Child of Empire
The largest forced migration in recorded history
The first XR History Award goes to Child of Empire by Project Dastaan. The animated Virtual Reality documentary deals with the 1947 Partition of British India into India and Pakistan. A historical event that until today counts as the largest forced migration in human history – forcing 14 million people to leave their homes, while over one million more perished. Child of Empire puts you in the shoes of two refugees in 1947, experiencing the true stories of two survivors from different sides of the border. The VR experience allows a new perspective on forced migration and on its consequences for individuals. The 75th anniversary of the Partition and a time where forced migration during war is ubiquitous, make this project even more relevant today.