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6x9: An immersive experience of solitary confinement

Francesca Panetta / Lindsay Poulton / The Guardian

United Kingdom, 2016 / 10 min / English OV / VR Documentary

“6x9” is an innovative virtual reality experience about solitary confinement created by The Guardian. 6x9 places viewers in a virtual cell, telling a story of the psychological damage provoked by extreme isolation. Right now, more than 80,000 people are in solitary confinement in the US. They spend 22-24 hours a day in their cells, with little to no human contact for days or even decades.

 

Inside the cell, as the viewer turns his head, are the contents of a typical cell: the poured concrete bed he’s sitting on, a poured concrete desk opposite, a combination sink/toilet. Five books are on the desk, a letter, a roll of toilet paper. All the voices in this film are real. Seven people who were in solitary confinement in California and New York were recorded for a Frontline documentary called “Solitary Nation.”

 

With support from Google News Lab, TFI New Media Fund and the Ford Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, PBS Frontline

 

Screening dates: From 2nd to 12th March 2017

Opening Hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 11am – 7pm.
  • Thursday: 11am – 11pm.
  • Closed on Tuesdays

Venue: ground floor of the Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain

Free admission to the ground floor of the Casino Luxembourg with access to the “BlackBox” exhibition room, the “Aquarium” and the ca(fé)sino. Free Night every Thursday from 6pm to 11pm.

Screenings
Thu 02/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 11pm Public
Fri 03/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Sat 04/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Sun 05/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Mon 06/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Wed 08/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Thu 09/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 11pm Public
Fri 10/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Sat 11/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Sun 12/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public

“6x9 enables users to relate to the prisoners' experiences in a more intimate and direct way” Melina Gills, Tribeca Film Festival 28/03/2016

 

“(…) 6x9 is a perfect example of VR technology's journalistic and activist potential. In embodying its own argument about the mental and physical toll that solitary confinement takes on people, Panetta and Poulter have managed to push beyond statistics and testimonials to produce a powerful experience that embraces what might be the most powerful political tool in our arsenal: our own empathy.” Manuel Betancourt, Mic Network Inc, 21/04/2015

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Awards
  • Gold - Best VR / 360 – British Arrow Craft Awards, 2016 (United Kingdom)
  • Silver - Virtual Reality – LIA, 2016 (United Kingdom)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Doloroes Canelles / Five Omar Mualimmak / Johnny Perez / Marcel Neil / Steven Czifra / Tyrell Muhammad / Victor Pale
Sound 
Peregrine Andrews
Production 
Jarrad Vladich, Consultant Producers: Jean Casella & James Ridgeway from Solitary Watch
Coproduction 
Executive Producer: Stephen Venning, Xaquin G.V., Aron Pilhofer
Distribution 
The Guardian
Animation 
Ed Thomas, Will Burdett, Marta Carbonell
Biography

Francesca Panetta is a multi-award winning sound artist and journalist. She works for the Guardian as a Special Projects Editor. Her work is experiential and immersive, fusing her art practices with strong journalism to have visceral impact.

 

Lindsay Poulton is a multi-award winning documentary filmmaker and journalist who is passionate about innovation in digital storytelling and new platforms. She has produced a wide range of documentaries and multimedia interactives.