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Common Ground

Darren Emerson

Presented in Season 2 2019

Australian Premiere
Presented by Arts House and Melbourne International Film Festival

Fri 9 – Fri 16 Aug, 12 – 8 pm daily
30 mins
$18, concessions $16

Arts House VR Pass
$30 for three tickets
– see all three shows (Common Ground, Future Dreaming and The Waiting Room) or use them all on one session.
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Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St
North Melbourne

Unclassified 15+

Users should be aware that in rare cases participation in these experiences and using this technology may involve some risks, including (but not limited to): nausea, dizziness, disorientation, visual abnormalities, injury or other discomfort.

Duration times listed are approximate given the experience’s interactivity – each viewer may have a slightly different experience duration.

This show is standing only, limited seating available for those who are unable to stand for long periods.

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Wheelchair accessible

An extraordinary use of the VR medium, Common Ground explores South London’s notorious Aylesbury Estate, currently subject to a ground-breaking but controversial regeneration project.

Aylesbury is the largest social housing estate in Europe. Home to more than 7000 residents, it stands as a monument to both the history and future of British social housing.

Common Ground is a multi-layered immersive journey into the human face of the current crisis in the UK housing system, and the politics and history that have led here. Intelligently and creatively combining 360˚ video, 3D modelling, archival footage and interactive real-time environments, director Darren Emerson has built a visceral, moving and dynamic study not just of the physical space of the estate but of its inhabitants’ lives.

This work examines how urban planning, long-forgotten utopian ideals and the instability of changing politics affect everyday people, while exploring notions of community, the disenfranchisement and demonisation of the working class, and the sense of betrayal that residents feel when they are forced to move on.

Director: Darren Emerson

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