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MannahattaVR

Envisioning Indigenous Futures

MannahattaVR

Artist Beatrice Glow and The Wayfinding Project have partnered with Alexandre Girardeau of Highway 101, ETC (Experiential Tech Community) to build Mannahatta VR, a virtual reality experience in the HTC Vive which brings together the past and present of one Broadway block given Broadway is part of a vast matrix of Lenape Indigenous trails that connects Manhattan to the broader Northeast region.

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This is developed through consultation with Lenape peoples, ecologists, educators and technologists. We ask ourselves how can we expand knowledge of Indigenous Manhattan? What does a sustainable Indigenous future look like? The team also collaborated with NYU Ground Manager George Reis to create a virtual tour of NYU’s native plant gardens. Visit 8 Washington Mews on November 14 or December 12, 2016 to meet Glow and experience Mannahatta VR.

Mannahatta VR is a supplement to Lenapeway, an installation that will be on 24-hour view in the street-level windows of 715 Broadway (at Washington Place) from October 10 (Indigenous Peoples’ Day) to December 9. The location of the installation, which is viewable from the sidewalk 24/7 and is cosponsored by NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, marks the intersection of the main Lenape trail and a side-trail that traverses through present-day Washington Square Park.

This early version of Mannahatta VR's trailer was shown in the window of 715 Broadway as part of Lenapeway.

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Screenshots from Mannahatta VR

Screenshots from Mannahatta VR

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