What is it like to flee your home and start over in a new country? The virtual reality project Limbo from The Guardian enables viewers to experience what life is like for refugees in the U.K. who are waiting to hear whether they will be permitted to stay in the country to begin building new lives.
The project was created by the publication's in-house VR team in collaboration with ScanLAB Projects. The team used 3D scanning technology to capture urban streets, interiors and live action footage. The resulting monochrome sketch-like aesthetic has the quality of a dream—or nightmare—where worlds are transparent and fragmented.
"Like dreaming with your eyes open, 360° video and VR can be incredibly transformative experiences," says Will Trossell, co-founder of ScanLAB Projects. "In Limbo we have created a digital world that is both familiar and strange, where the line between dreams and reality is blurred and where walls are diaphanous yet impenetrable. Our ambition for this project is to use the digital world to put the viewer at the center of the story, enabling them to better understand the obstacles that asylum seekers can encounter."
Limbo: A virtual experience of waiting for asylum - Guardian VR - 360° video