September 2020

Creatives in Extended Reality (XR): Art and Emerging Technology

What does art look like in the field of emerging technology? Big thinkers in digital media production share their thoughts on the intersection between extended reality (XR) and artistic creativity. From building inclusive and diverse communities within tech for artists, to real-time use of special effects for immersive performing arts, to bridging the spatial gap with rural communities — connect with us to share your creative endeavours and learn from experts!

Special guest Sydney Goodfellow from the Digital Tech Supercluster will also be presenting on Capacity Building initiatives, including a description of the current call for projects and how EMBC CoP community members can get involved.

Speakers: Tommy Lewis | Microsoft
Presentation: Community Building – The importance of the intersection between art and tech, and building an inclusive community. Tommy Lewis is the Spatial Computing Cloud Advocate in Microsoft’s Developer Relations, Mixed, Augmented, Virtual & Extended Reality + WebXR.

Sang Mah | AMPD Technologies and Shocap Entertainment
Presentation: A Diverse Open Source Community for Visual Storytelling: Art, tech, and visual effects-the VFX scene in VancouverSang Mah is the Managing Director of Shocap Entertainment, which produces live immersive performing arts and entertainment using real-time visual effects technology to create unique shared experiences for in-venue audiences and online participants simultaneously. Shocap was launched by Animatrik Film Design, Inc and Lifelike & Believable.

Derek Jacoby | PCCA and QVirt Labs
Presentation: Immersion: then and now!Derek Jacoby has worked on advanced interface design at Microsoft Research, was founder of the Victoria Makerspace, a technology collective, and is the executive director of the Pacific & Coastal Computing Association (PCCA). Derek gave one of the first talks at RAVR in 2017 and since that time he’s been working on using XR and immersive experiences to connect with remote communities.

Moderated by: Yvonne Coady, Visiting Professor, Northeastern University — Vancouver