Coralie Pardo

Coralie Pardo is one of five Digital Humanities undergraduate fellows from the 2014-2015 academic year. At the time of her year-long fellowship project, Coralie was a Senior at Amherst College.

Developing Racially Conscious VR Games

Coralie’s project is an interactive video game that uses principles of embodiment to interrogate the experience of race and gender. Using Oculus Rift technology, Coralie will design and implement a game that teaches players about the ubiquitous natures of race and gender, and how they permeate even seemingly neutral interactions.

In Coralie’s words:

I want to create a virtual reality game using the Oculus Rift DK2 that uses disembodiment to teach people about black experiences and to force people to confront the assumptions they make when they see or interact with black people. Ultimately, I’d like this project to remind people that black lives are valuable and to provide black people with more spaces to exist and be represented.