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VR Geopolitics

#digital culture #exhibition #postgraduate studies

// Quentin Le Pape

Virtual reality application

International events and global issues

The project in video

VR Geopolitics is a virtual reality application which presents international events and global issues in a more accessible and memorable way. VR Geopolitics combines journalism, geopolitics and cartography to utilize sensory perception in information processing. The user has a new experience in understanding the complexity of the world and takes ownership of current issues thanks to a globe which is used to display the information along with concise articles written by journalists.

“Quentin, who is doing a double degree at L’École de design and Arts et Métiers ParisTech (Laval), uses virtual reality to document, learn and understand the world. “Le Dessous des Cartes” (Inside information), an educational program from géopolitique presented by Jean-Christophe Victor, is the starting point for his project: how can immersive technologies offer a new experience in understanding the complexity of today’s world? In VR Geopolitics, Quentin decided to focus on sensory perception in immersive information processing. The assessment protocol of his first demonstrator validated the importance of the cognitive dimension through the memorization of the user journey. For this immersive path is enhanced by a variety of media content (print, radio, audiovisual, etc.) which then have to be organized, prioritized and spatialized in order to convey an editorial standpoint. Highlighted in the context of the international VR event Laval Virtual 2017, VR Geopolitics has proved a hit with the media and information experts.”

Grégoire Cliquet, READi Design Lab Director
Arnaud Le Roi, Digital culture Course Leader


After completing a bachelor’s degree in Interaction Design, Quentin joined the UX Design/Virtual Reality program and the double degree at Arts et Métiers Paris Tech. He is pursuing his work on complex data at the head office of Palantir Technologies in California, where he works on the data analysis tools used by the CIA, FBI, the US army, Airbus or Merck. Quentin takes his motivation and inspiration from the work of Wilson Miner who has redefined the role of designer around his/her capacity to shape our world.

His design philosophy is influenced by media philosopher Marshall McLuhan: “We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.”

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