Ava Lee Scott: Is there a role for tech in building communities?
As an actor, creator, and artist, Ava Lee Scott has always seen worlds in her head. With technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality, she’s been able to depart the old space of storytelling and bring her worlds to life in a new way—and bring people together, too. Her storytelling platform, AltspaceVR, is a safe space for people from all over the world to come together. Here, cultural barriers are broken down and people are free to be who they are and live the life they want to live. Social video games can do good—and she’s excited and honored to create and be with people who see outside the box.
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"After the show, I spoke with Ava Lee Scott, its writer-director, about the appeal of this fluid and interactive 19th-century performance style. 'It comes down to a longing for human contact,' she said. 'Today, everything is dehumanized by technology. We miss the intimacy of the Gilded Age — a handwritten letter, flowers at the door, giving a lock of hair, looking into someone’s eyes, feeling a human touch. There is a void today, and people want connections. We want storytelling and poetry in our lives.'"
"Creator Ava Lee Scott is exceedingly inventive; she’s taken the things most bothersome about immersive theatre and banished them from her work." Saunder Gusinow - Barbed Wired
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