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Ferenj: A Graphic Memoir in VR

XR Competition | International Premiere
Ferenj: A Graphic Memoir in VR © Ainslee Robson
Ferenj: A Graphic Memoir in VR © Ainslee Robson

“Ferenj” is an afrosurreal dreamscape crafted from the director’s reconstructed memories questioning the meaning of home and identity as a mixed-race, Ethiopian-American growing up amidst cultural dissonance. The viewer is guided through fragments of Empress Taytu (her parents’ Ethiopian restaurant in Cleveland, OH) to the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by a speculative one-way conversation between the narrator and Empress Taytu – the restaurant personified as the historic empress. “Ferenj” harnesses photogrammetry as a tool to reclaim the 3D scanned spaces and redefine Robson’s relationship to them on her own terms.

Locationlobby (Forum des images)
Lead ArtistAinslee Robson
ProductionN/A no production company
GenreExperimental
Duration9'20
Year2020
LanguageEngl., Amharic (Engl. sub.)
FormatVR360

Ferenj: A Graphic Memoir in VR © Ainslee Robson

Sessions

Included in 2-hour package, subject to availability*

* With two-hour spot, enjoy the Forum des images’ various experiences

Schedule

Session 1 10am – 12pm
Session 2 1pm – 3pm
Session 3 3pm – 5pm
Session 4 5pm – 7pm

* With two-hour spot, enjoy the Forum des images’ various experiences

Schedule

Session 1 10am – 12pm
Session 2 1pm – 3pm
Session 3 3pm – 5pm
Session 4 5pm – 7pm

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