What does being left behind feel like?
Deployed is an immersive installation depicting the military deployment cycle as experienced through the memories of a military dependent.
It is a well understood fact within the ranks of the military and their families that long periods of deployment are commonplace. This is true both during wartime and peacetime. This fact however, is not so well understood within the civilian community and I wanted to provide insight into that experience by immersing and engaging visitors emotionally in that experience.
My Father was a Navy chaplain who, during his final deployment, was stationed on a ship that was set to be deployed for a standard three-month deployment. The stakes were raised significantly when this deployment suddenly became Operation Desert Storm.
Since this story is my childhood experience and it took place so long ago, I found myself searching my memories. I found those memories were sometimes imperfect yet still relevant and led me to explore of the idea of faulty memory through metaphor. Using interactive “flashlights” visitors experience the sensation of searching within and revealing my memories of the spaces of my childhood, simultaneously hearing the story unfold around them.
Current technologies are evolving and it was my goal to push the boundaries of the way Virtual Reality software is being used. The presentation of the visual content in an actual space beyond the headset in 360-degrees coupled with the interactivity of the installation ensures visitors are surrounded by and immersed in the story.
It is my hope that during the installation visitors will gain insight into the sacrifice that military members and their families experience during the deployment cycle and help to close the military and civilian divide.