Circa 1948, a groundbreaking and immersive interactive storyworld co-created by the National Film Board of Canada’s (NFB) award-winning Digital Studio in Vancouver and internationally acclaimed artist Stan Douglas, is open for viewing at SFU’s Surrey campus until Nov. 13.
Circa 1948 takes audiences on a nonlinear journey of discovery through two vibrant communities struggling in a time of unforgiving change: an old hotel in Vancouver’s affluent West Side, squatted by homeless war veterans, or the muddy streets of the ethnically diverse Hogan’s Alley in the working-class East Side, populated by racial minorities, gamblers, prostitutes and corrupt police officers.
The project is an extension of Douglas’s historically based recombinant storytelling into the interactive world, and attempts to evolve a new visual and narrative language. It makes use of emerging technologies to offer multiple entry points into an imagined world, created using photorealistic 3D illustrations and based on extensive historical research carried out by Douglas.
The installation, located in the mezzanine, has been brought to campus by SFU Woodward’s Cultural programs, in collaboration with the Vancouver International Film Festival and the NFB as part of SFU’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.
For more details visit www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/events/events1/2015-2016Fall/Circa1948_Surrey.html