A Russian activist was reportedly arrested earlier this month for sporting a VR headset as she explored the well-known Crimson Sq. within the capital metropolis of Moscow.
Katrin Nenasheva is an activist that has up to now labored with members of protest band Pussy Riot and others. Over the previous month Nenasheva has been strolling the streets and websites of Moscow successfully blindfolded with a VR headset on. She’s been keeping a blog that you could comply with right here however there’s additionally a video of her journey beneath. Her intention was to indicate off every day life in Moscow to Russian psychiatric sufferers while additionally elevating consciousness for them by the publicity. We’re not precisely positive how the headset is showcasing the world round her because it doesn’t appear to be it options loads for the digicam to see by.
Nonetheless Nensheva was met with resistence on the very first day, as police arrested her for sporting the device in Crimson Sq., Russia Beyond The Headlines experiences.
In a Fb put up, Nensheva stated that after 5 minutes of strolling round with the headset on police had instructed her: “It’s strictly forbidden to be in virtual reality in a public place. Here it’s the real world.”
“В виртуальной реальности ни в коем случае нельзя находится в общественном месте. Здесь мир реальный.”,- сказали сотруд…
She was then taken to a police precinct, although later launched with out costs. As you’ll be able to see on her weblog, that hasn’t stopped her from carrying on along with her act.
“Russia has about 150,000 people in psychiatric clinics, which still use Soviet methods such as isolating patients from the outside world behind a concrete wall,” Nenasheva instructed RBTH. “What happens to a person who, because of his or her life circumstances, lives in isolation? What happens to their perception, body, and relation to surrounding spaces? Together with psychiatric patients we study these issues on the streets of Moscow, live and on a daily basis.”