Metaverse exhibit & event

Dreadlocks and Discrimination

A virtual experience that combines 3D data visualization and wearables in a participatory event

About the Exhibit

Built in the Voxels platform, this virtual experience is informed and inspired by the compelling investigative story, Dreadlocks and Discrimination: A hidden targeting happening in plain sight

The experience explores an alternate way to engage with investigative data. It combines 3D data visualizations and wearables in a participatory event with an open invitation to become––and collectively recreate––one of the chart elements from a data visualization used within the story. The visualization highlights survey results that gathered experiences of discrimination and law enforcement encounters among individuals with dreadlocks. 


The Voxels virtual experience was designed and built by CCIJ Metaverse Designer Serena Stelitano.

The investigative story was produced by the Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism (CCIJ) and written by Arthur Wadero with photography by Nicholas Bamulanzeki.

Event Details

The open participatory event starts on January 8, 2024 at 4:00:00 PM GMT+1.

Visit the Voxels exhibit anytime:

All participants can claim up to three wearables for this space by completing this form located in the Voxels space:

Click inside the frame to start exploring. Use your mouse and arrow keys to move around the virtual space. Press your ESC button to exit out of the experience. If you experience any issues, try opening the exhibit in a new browser tab.


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About Veza

Veza is a digital publication produced by the Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism (CCIJ).

We are committed to a model of journalism that holds investigative reporting, data science, and visual journalism as equal partners in producing reporting that focuses on vulnerable communities.

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