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Future Aleppo in Eldon Building

The University of Portsmouth is delighted to partner with Journeys Festival International (JFI) in Portsmouth from 19-29 October 2018.  One of the projects happening during the 10 day festival is ‘Future Aleppo’ and is hosted by the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries here in Eldon Building.

Amongst the destruction of his beloved Aleppo (Syria), 13-year old Mohammed Kteish resolved that he would rebuild the city, reconstructing the fallen landmarks first as paper models and then in virtual reality.

Mohammed’s model of Aleppo will be on display in the foyer, alongside the virtual reality installation, through which you can travel inside and experience the city of Aleppo as Mohammed remembers it.

In addition, three workshops and a final showcase will take part during the week:

  • Alex Pearson, Creative Producer of the project will be running a free workshop for children to re-create Portsmouth using paper models.  Which landmarks would you keep and what would you replace?  Book your child’s place for the Portsmouth in Paper workshop on Tuesday 23 October 10am via Eventbrite.
  • There will be a second workshop with members of the asylum seeker community in Portsmouth during the week.
  • A third workshop will be organised for CCI students to contribute to a professional VR project for which they will work with Alex Pearson, learning about the process of translating the paper models into the virtual reality experience.  If you are a CCI student who would like to take part, contact tarek.teba@port.ac.uk in the School of Architecture.

The finished models will create a new virtual Portsmouth, and students, staff and members of the public are all invited to experience the final outcome in VR on Friday 26 October.

If you would like to know more about the project, contact JFI’s Portsmouth Producer, claire@artreach.biz

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