Watch it Online: Moments of Innovation – A Stanford Virtual Experience

October 5, 2016
Josh Schneider
Still from Moments of Innovation - A Stanford Virtual Experience (2016).

Imagine standing in the center of Leland Stanford’s stock farm as horses so famously photographed by Eadweard Muybridge gallop around you. Or perhaps you would prefer a front row seat to Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 speech at Memorial Auditorium? Or a once-in-a-lifetime swim with a playful seal at Hopkins Marine Station? Or to stand in on a practice with the incomparable Stanford Band? Or…

Moments of Innovation is a virtual reality film that highlights 125 years of innovation at Stanford. A collaboration between the Stanford University Archives and three graduate students in Stanford’s documentary filmmaking program, the film seamlessly weaves together historical images and audiovisual materials from the Archives with 360° video footage of iconic Stanford locations and experiences.

Produced by the University Archives, the film was created by Lauren Knapp (MFA Spring ’16), Dane Christensen (MFA Spring ’17), and Aria Swarr (MFA Spring ’17), with funding generously provided by Stanford University Libraries’ Payson J. Treat Fund for Library Program Development & Research, and by Stanford Arts’ SPARK! Grant. Additional information about the making of the film, and the locations, events, and historical materials depicted, can be found here.

Beginning in October 2016, the film will be on exhibit on an Oculus Rift at the David Rumsey Map Center, located on the 4th floor of Green Library’s Bing Wing, and open weekdays from 1-5 PM. 

This film is also freely available for viewing online via Stanford University Libraries’ YouTube channel. Due to the size of the video, please allow content to buffer before playing for an optimal viewing experience. Please note that the film requires a head-mounted display, such as a Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR, to view in 360°.