Being There

From Public Play Space Community


Dr. Shima Rezaei Rashnoodi + Prof Dr. Marnix S. van Gisbergen

Mexico (Monterrey) and The Netherlands (Breda), 2019-2021
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“Imagine a place filled with important stories that are hard to tell. A place that embodies the collective experience of refugee and migrant women during their temporary stay in Mexico. A place that although is open to the public, is being avoided and remains invisible. This limits possibilities to improve the temporary stay and the connection with the host community. But what if there was a means to experience these stories without the barrier of a physical presence? “

This project addresses the challenges on the growing number of refugee and migrant women (70% are women and children). We created and will create a Virtual Reality Museum using Unity, in which you stand in the shoes of migrant/refugee women and experience their stories/perceptions of home living temporarily in a settlement. The experience was built through participatory design approaches investigating the value of VR. The VR museum includes interactions revealing stories of migration and home and will be experienced in two ways: experiencing the current space (reflection of reality on how the center looks like) and, the ideal space: which reveals how the center can be improved receiving support (donations) from the community. Hence, we raise awareness and empathy about the importance (and feasibility) of transforming settlements from functional spaces into spaces that feel like home. Through this experience, we draw attention to the importance of emotional wellbeing of migrant/ refugee women by sharing their perceptions of home, using VR to engage them with the host community as active members