3. Spotlight: Women in VR - Paisley Smith
By Alice Bonasio
Paisley Smith is a Canadian Virtual Reality filmmaker based in Los Angeles where she recently launched her own creative studio and interactive storytelling business, Paisley Smith Creative.
Coming from a more traditional 2D production background, she was one of the first to fully embrace the immersive medium with Project Syria VR which was selected for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier.
At around the same time she started Virtual Reality Girls, a space to connect with, and showcase women working in emerging technology. This has since grown and merged into the Women in VR/AR community of over 10K people.
Alongside designer Caitlin Conlen, she also leads Feminist Futures, a world-building workshop where they design, build, and create the stories for an intersectional, feminist utopian future. According to Smith, this design thinking process can be used to create fiction, and as a way to find solutions for real-world issues.
"I believe we can use technology to connect more deeply with ourselves, and the world around us.The stories I tell are guided by my belief that if we are honest about our own experiences - the good, the bad, and the vulnerable," she says on her website.
Her work is a testament to that, including experiences such as Homestay - a reflection of her own personal and frustrating experience of coming to terms with suicide and grief - and Unceded Territories, a project which stands in solidarity with First Nations and Indigenous people fighting for climate justice.
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