Staff Bios for BIG & Public VR Lab
Kathy Bisbee, Founder
Kathy is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist, producing documentary films and emerging media experiences in the public interest, with a focus on XR adoption and digital inclusion.
The founder/director of the Boston-based Public VR Lab, Kathy is building a field for Community XR, developing best practices, tools and accessible resources, and a diverse global network, all rooted in the rich legacy of public access and community-based media.
Kathy also serves as the executive director of Brookline Interactive Group, (BIG), a next-generation community media arts center in Brookline, MA, and the Lab's umbrella organization. She is currently a fellow at the MIT Open Doc Lab, and was recently featured on Kent Bye's podcast, Voices of VR.
She frequently speaks at national and international conferences and panels including recently presenting to world leaders at the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya, to local and regional arts, journalists, media, and cultural organizations.
Kathy is executive producer of ArrivalVR, a nationwide co-created curation of migration and immigration stories of Americans from pre-1620 through 2020 in a visual XR timeline. The project has 20 diverse partners across the United States and will be shared online and in XR at film festivals, museums, faith-based organizations, libraries, and at media, arts, and cultural organizations.
Arrival VR will feature an XR experience/installation, a participatory mobile studio to gather immigration stories from local communities, and a guidebook for engaging community dialogue around what it means to be an American. More information about her background can be found at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathybisbee.