Queerskins combines cutting edge tech (Depthkit 3D volumetric video, 360˚ video, and photogrammetry/3D modeling, 3D scanning, haptics) with lyrical and emotionally charged writing to tell the story of a young gay physician from Catholic Missouri family who dies of AIDS in 1990. In this haptic experience for Oculus Rift, you are seated in the back seat of a vintage 1986 Cadillac behind the two grieving, devoutly Catholic parents, as you take an emotional journey down a Missouri country road, a memory lane populated with artifacts from their gay son’s peripatetic life. How will you choose to reconstruct him? Was he “a disgrace” as his father says or was he a “good man” like his mother wants to believe? Or, maybe, like the rest of us, just “human.” queerskins.com
Queerskins premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival with a commissioned installation. It has gone on to site specific installations around the world including a month-long solo show at the TIFF Lightbox Gallery in Toronto and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It was awarded a Peabody Futures of Media Award in Transmedia and The Columbia University Digital Storytelling Lab's Special Jury Prize for virtual reality.