How could it have happened, in a public space and in the company of people who call themselves friends? This is the question that always
arises in response to yet another news story about date rape. But rape cases like this often involve more people than just the
perpetrator and the victim. Missing 10 Hours makes you realize how much the decision and actions of bystanders can drastically influence the
course of an evening.
In this interactive VR piece, the viewer is led on a night out by Greg, a big-headed guy with bad intentions. He spikes 22-year-old
Mara’s drink with the drug GHB, and she gradually loses control of her actions. A walk through the night ends in a backstreet, where Greg
maneuvers Mara into a dark corner. The choices the viewer makes during the evening—go along with Greg, watch passively or
intervene—determine the outcome: a safe ending, or arrest and questioning at the police station.
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Fanni Fazakas is a Technical Artist, Director, and Researcher who specializes in using XR technology to bring attention to the stories of marginalized individuals and create real-world impact. Her current project, Missing 10 Hours VR, is a non-fiction Virtual Reality experience that explores the use of GHB as a date-rape drug and the Bystander Effect. The project has been recognized for its impact, winning Best in Show VR at Siggraph Los Angeles and Best XR Impact at DocEdge Film Festival New Zealand.
Through her work, Fanni has developed a series of co-creation strategies and principles that she actively uses in her teaching and artistic work within her female digital artist collective RUMEXR. She has also led several workshops for women in the art and tech industries to combat underrepresentation in VFX and electronic music, such as MusicTechFest and ArsElectronica.
Fanni is currently a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University Wellington – Te Herenga Waka, where she teaches in the Master of Design Technology program. Prior to this, she taught non-linear storytelling at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, where she also earned her BA degree. Fanni holds a master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University's ITP Program.