Bear 71


This multi-user experience launched alongside an installation at the Sundance festival entitled “Bear 71 Live”. The narrative follows the real life of a female grizzly bear in Canada’s Banff National Park from the moment she is tagged and collared by park rangers to the moment of her untimely death.The story is narrated by Mia Kirshner from the bear’s perspective, but users witness it through real footage collected from over 1 million photos take by motion triggered cameras that encompass the park.

The NFB approached me to create an immersive experience to bridge the digital and real world. The experience utilized facial recognition, augmented reality, motion sensors and surveillance cameras to turn festival goers into animals who roamed Sundance.

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