To view the experience, you will need to download the WondaVR app onto your phone:
Explore the spaces of the Deering Estate and discover a host of extraordinary characters and their connection to the land. Piece together these fragmentary encounters to shed light on both past and present; the personal and the political - and see how this estate can be seen to represent a microcosm of Florida, a nation state and allows us to reflect on our own state and place in the world.
The performance ESTATE was originally staged over four nights in April 2017 and emerged as a result of an extraordinary creative collaboration between University of Miami and Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs, South Florida Theatre League and The Deering Estate.
In the fall of 2016 a group of playwrights taking part in the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Playwright Development Program with the South Florida Theatre League began working under the guidance of Kenny Finkle and Michael Yawney to take inspiration from the Deering Estate site in which they were based.
Through the involvement of Stephen Di Benedetto and the University of Miami Theatre Arts Department and an international collaboration with Scott Palmer from the University of Leeds (UK), an ‘immersive’, site-specific promenade performance emerged that drew inspiration from the historic landscape, buildings and histories of the place and the peoples who have inhabited the site.
This 360 VR Experience was created as an experiment with postgraduate students in the interactive media program at University of Miami under the guidance of Kim Grinfeder and is part of ongoing research into the design and nature of audience experience.