The Tribeca Film Festival has been on the forefront of showcasing the up-and-coming virtual reality storytelling artform. Each year they feature a selection of the most interesting virtual reality experiences, ranging from immersive films to interactive projects that can involve elements of theater or physical artwork in addition to what one sees inside the headset.
The 2nd Civil War is a voice-activated experience where you are dropped into an insurgent hot zone in a new American Civil War. Participants must interrogate people and ultimately are prompted to decide which side they are on.
The Key is an interactive journey about memory and choices. Like many of these, it sounds kind of abstract. I guess you had to try it to get what it's about. They wouldn't allow a photo inside their space as it might disrupt the experience, which involved actors as well as VR.
Cave utilizes Parallux technology, featuring an immersive holographic VR experience that can be shared by a group of people all at the same time. I tried this one with Scott Stein when it was being workshopped at NYU. Kind of neat seeing digital versions of the other participants in the chairs around you.
7 Lives takes place in Tokyo where a girl jumps in front of a subway train. "Her soul rises from the rails. On the platform, the witnesses of the scene are in shock. It revived a trauma in them, painful memories they never overcame..."
Wolves in the Walls: It's All Over has you help a girl discover what's hidden in the walls of her home. The woman I spoke to said she'd been working on developing this project for the last three years.
Where There's Smoke mixes documentary, immersive theater, and an escape room vibe to explore memory and loss. This was just a teaser booth -- the full experience was three blocks away in a separate space!
The Collider is about power and relationships. Participants spend 45 minutes exploring memories from their lives and engaging in what sounded like thought-provoking therapeutic artwork and conversation that at times involves a partner.
Stealing Ur Feelings is an augumented-reality piece "about the power of facial emotion recognition AI that exploits your reaction to its own content in horrifying ways." This one sounds right up my alley.