University of Sussex: BA Media Practice



Rhianna Adams

Statistics show that within the criminal justice system in the US, people of colour are arrested and convicted of crimes at more than five times the rate of caucasians. Many people see this as an offence itself, believing the judicial system is an institution based on racial inequality and injustice.

#WeAreNoDifferent is a narrative-based 3D interactive experience that explores how people of colour are tried in the criminal justice system and challenges the unconscious bias that surrounds race when viewers are given the power to decide if the characters are ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’.

#WeAreNoDifferent is inspired by digital activist movements such as #BlackLivesMatter and #TogetherWeRise alongside the digital installations created by Sharon Daniel, which challenges the dominant ideologies created by society and focuses on the issues of economic, social, environmental injustices alongside the criminal justice system. She creates works which allow the voices of the marginalised and disenfranchised – individuals who aren’t dominant in socio-political discourses - to be heard through installations and audio archives, which is a great inspiration for this project.