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On the Morning You Wake to Nuclear Threat: Exploring Social Impact Through Virtual Reality

Jan 20 — Feb 19, 2023

Location: Video Screening Amphitheater

On January 13, 2018, residents of Hawai’i were issued a terrifying alert. They were instructed to seek immediate shelter from an incoming ballistic missile, and feared it was carrying a nuclear weapon. Though the alert turned out to be false, the result of a miscommunication, this event illustrates the very real nuclear threat we all face yet rarely acknowledge.   

Engaged by the social impact organization Games for Change and Princeton University’s Science and Global Security Program to create a virtual reality documentary, filmmakers Archer’s Mark and Atlas V were inspired by this incident to develop On the Morning You Wake (to the End of the World). This immersive experience humanizes the potential of nuclear catastrophe, focusing on how the presence, production, and use of nuclear weapons can only lead to violence and destruction. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to explore the project’s production and worldwide impact, in addition to experiencing the VR documentary. (Note the VR documentary requires a special ticket. Recommended for ages 14+)  

Watch the trailer. 

On the Morning You Wake (to the End of the World) is executive produced by Games for Change and Princeton University’s Science and Global Security Program, with support from VR for Good, Arte France, and British Film Institute, and international distribution by Astrea.   

Tickets: $15 / $11.25 MoMI members. Order tickets. Advance tickets for the VR documentary are strongly encouraged, as space is limited. General Museum admission may be added on for $5 / free for MoMI members. Same-day walk-ins are welcome, and tickets may be requested as part of adult general admission, but tickets are subject to availability. 

Please note that On the Morning You Wake is an immersive film experienced while seated and wearing a headset; there are some flashing light effects. Captions are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Norwegian, and Korean. Each reservation lasts one hour: the film is 30 minutes, with time added for instructions and post-viewing care and a survey. Eight stations are available every hour.