The ORIXA Project

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Platform
VR Headset, and for the installation we use a projector, CRT television, and iPad for the AR experience.
Length
24 Minutes
SDGs Supported
This experience supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more.
Description

The ORIXA Project is a mixed reality celebration of the narratives of the African Diaspora of the past, present, and future. Inspired by the Orishas & Black womxn, ORIXA incorporates virtual reality, 360 video, augmented reality, and volumetric capture technologies.

Project Components:
asé meus ancestrais, a virtual reality experience that brings the user into the past as they view a capoeira roda (circle) on the shores of Bahia, Brazil.

4 Black People Breathing Peacefully For 5 Minutes is a 360 short VR film exploring a moment of peace and healing between a group of friends within the backdrop of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Intergalaxys transports users to speculative worlds via a series of augmented reality portraits of three Black womxn of the future.
The Experience is a live performance that incorporates asé meus ancestrais, 4 Black People Breathing Peacefully For Five Minutes, and Intergalaxys with theater, film, virtual reality and digital media.i

Credits

The ORIXA Project
CREATIVE DIRECTORS
MaryAnn Talavera
Reese Antoinette

The ORIXA Project Experience
CAST
Yemaya - Kathleen Booker
Oshun - Delta Major
Oya - Nhyira Asante
MJ - Reese Antoinette
Griot - Laila Garroni  
Guide - MaryAnn Talavera


PRODUCTION
Digital Human/World Design: MaryAnn Talavera
MJ Writer: Josette Roberts  
Griot Writer: Laila Garroni  
Editor: MaryAnn Talavera
Music - Yabás: Laila Rosa, Ive Farias, Luísa Gabriela, Patrícia Ferraz, Valentina Sanfoneira


4 Black People Breathing Peacefully for 5 Minutes 360 Film
CAST
Janeene - Sydney Elisabeth
Brian - Jarvis Matthews
Wes - Trent Williams
Latoya - Reese Antoinette
Oshun - Delta Major


PRODUCTION
Writer: Michael Allen Harris
Director: Lin Que Ayoung
Director of Photography: MaryAnn Talavera
Costume Designer: Qween Jean
First AD: Sam Godfrey
Editor: Josh Kane (Arcanum Post)
Assistant Editor:  MaryAnn Talavera

Black Lives Matter Reflection
Writer/Performer: Jarvis Matthews
Cinematography: MaryAnn Talavera
Editor: MaryAnn Talavera


AR Orisha
Oshun - Delta Major
AR Designer/Developer: MaryAnn Talavera

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