M CURIE | CHRONICLE ’20 | SPINOOCHI | SMASHERS | THE RED FLUTE | SHOCKWAVES | THE ARK | GHOSTS OF CAMP X | NUMEROLOGY VR | XR LAB | TIMEWAVE | BRAVE NEW WORLD | KPE | VELOCITY LAB | THE IMPOSTOR | BLACKWATER | SIRE | GLOBAL THEATRE
Ghosts of Camp X is a VR experience (Vive and Gear VR) set in an abandoned US detention center (fictionalized) in Iraq. Ghosts of Iraqi detainees and American soldiers roam the grounds, long after US troops have left the country. While rubble pocks the pathways, the barriers and barracks’ walls are covered with actual murals painted by detainees and GIs.
Ghosts of Camp X was presented at Virtual Reality Lab’s Demo Day, sponsored by Hearst Technology, in 2016.
Technologies used: Maya, Mudbox, Motionbuilder, Fuse, Unity 3D, Photoshop, Premiere.
THE CONCEPT: INTERACTIVE & NONLINEAR
In “Ghosts of Camp X” the real world (cinema) is embedded in the fantasy world (CG).
INSPIRATION: THE ART OF WAR
That day, the last prisoners of the TIF boarded the detainee air transport north-bound for Camp Cropper, near Baghdad. The Camp Bucca detention center, located in United States Division-South near the city of Umm Qasr, was officially shut down.
Today it is a ghost town punctuated by splashes of color on the many buildings within the concertina-topped fences.
“The detainees painted all of the murals in the compounds and a significant majority of the murals outside,” said Lt. Col. Kenneth King, commander of the 306th Military Police Battalion.
For more information, visit:The Art of War: Detainee murals look to brighter future
DOWNRANGE ART: Project showcases paintings, graffiti, other artwork by troops in Iraq, Afghanistan