How new is the San Diego-based Our Worlds cell expertise platform? So new, its first app hasn’t had its official rollout but. So state-of-the-art, it makes use of prolonged actuality, synthetic intelligence and geolocation to show your telephone right into a 360-degree artwork gallery, a time machine and a teleporter.
However for all of Our Worlds’ high-tech options, the imaginative and prescient for its debut undertaking is timeless. For founder and government producer Kilma Lattin, the Our Worlds app was created to offer Native People the prospect to be seen for who they’re now and who they are going to be.
“I would love the world to know that Native People are alive and nicely within the twenty first century,” mentioned Lattin, a Native American futurist who grew up in La Jolla and on the Pala Indian Reservation.
“We don’t dwell in historical past books. Our tradition just isn’t static. We are able to transfer past the drums and the beads and the turquoise, and we will use all obtainable means and applied sciences to maneuver our tradition and our civilization into the twenty first and the twenty second century.”
Within the beta model of the app, which anybody can obtain at https://ourworlds.io/beta, Our Worlds transports Kumeyaay artist Johnny Bear Contreras’ “Seeing” sculpture from Poway Metropolis Corridor to your lounge. It permits you to see the faces and listen to the names of the Choctaw Code Talkers who served in World Warfare I. It brings the work of “With out Reservations” cartoonist and Kewa Pueblo artist Ricardo Caté into your world, remodeling any area right into a digital gallery.
And with the assistance of geolocation, guests to such vital areas because the Native American Veterans Memorial on the Nationwide Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., or La Jolla Shores — which was an integral a part of Kumeyaay life and tradition — can dive into immersive experiences that deliver them into a complete new panorama.
“It’s like your compass to the native world,” Our Worlds co-founder and chief expertise officer Catherine Eng mentioned of the app, which ought to get an official launch inside the subsequent few weeks. “It helps you progress by way of area in order that you’ll be able to uncover Native American language, tradition and historical past. Regardless of the place you go, you’ll be able to uncover tales.”
Someday round nightfall on Thanksgiving, Our Worlds app customers can take their telephones to La Jolla Shores to uncover a number of tales involving Kumeyaay tule boats. Kumeyaay Group School Director Stanley Rodriguez labored with Our Worlds to create the visible storytelling undertaking. The expertise will run a minimum of by way of Sunday, if not longer.
“The buzzword that everybody is speaking about is ‘metaverse,’” Lattin mentioned. “We’re constructing a portal to primary-source narratives that individuals can expertise as they go about their each day lives. Tradition comes alive in a brand new method once you use rising applied sciences.”
And when Comedian-Con Particular Version 2021 kicks off on Nov. 26, the Our Worlds metaverse will increase to incorporate an immersive expertise from Cody Martinez, chairman and chief of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. On Nov. 27, the platform will use augmented actuality to let viewers see Caté’s work all through the Conference Middle. They’ll even purchase work by way of the app.
That is all upfront of Saturday’s Comedian-Con panel on “Native American Comics and Culture with Extended Reality and 360 World Building,” which runs from 11 a.m. to midday in Room 9. The panelists, together with artists Caté and Contreras and moderator Lattin, will speak in regards to the significance of Native American creators utilizing rising applied sciences to advance Native American comedian arts and storytelling.
“Individuals at Comedian-Con, their imaginations are huge open, and so they’re accepting of potentialities,” mentioned Contreras, who has been on a number of Comedian-Con panels. “And when your creativeness is open, it’s simpler to simply accept truths as not being within the pages of historical past books, however as being in a dwelling, respiration tradition.”
With the Our Worlds app, which will likely be including new content material on a regular basis, Lattin and Eng need to protect and advance Native American tradition by way of the tales and experiences of tribal elders. Additionally they need to faucet into the Native American tales which can be being advised now, with the hope that they can assist form a special sort of future.
“Natives haven’t had a voice on TV, on the radio, in social media or in magazines. Whether or not it’s ‘Dances with Wolves’ with Kevin Costner being the hero or natives being performed by Hispanics or painted-up White individuals, now we have by no means spoken for ourselves. Somebody is all the time talking for us,” mentioned the New Mexico-based Caté.
“However we’re coming into this period the place we’re lastly doing that for ourselves. You could have ‘Reservation Canine’ on Hulu, and right here you may have me, a full-blooded Native American and I’m drawing cartoons from the Native American perspective. I get to teach individuals by way of humor. With Kilma’s assist, we will get extra of this on the market.”
The Comedian-Con Particular Version panel “Native American Comics and Tradition with Prolonged Actuality and 360 World Constructing” will likely be held on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 11 a.m. in Room 9 of the San Diego Conference Middle. Go to comiccon.org for data.