8 November 2016

With hardware and software and becoming more affordable and easier to use, VR is once again capturing the imagination of artists. It is both a tool and environment potentially offering a wide range of experiences not just for one body but also for a collective. The potential for empathy, dislocation and shared sensory experience is rich for artistic work but the technology tends to be directed towards the consumer electronics market and ever more ‘intimate’ and targeted advertising.
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Approaching VR artistically is therefore not just one of creation but of critique – of commercial interest and of the purely technological motivated concepts. We need to ask ourselves why VR. What possibilities lay in the VR technology for artists and researchers and how does this contribute with new formats and ideas around the artistic work with audience, participants, history and places.

This Maker-Symposium is build up around the exchanges of ideas in three on-going and in-progress VR projects by Bombina Bombast (SE), Makropol (DK) and Gibson/Martelli (GB), all artists known for their progressive work with VR.

Free entrace.
Register to julia.bjornberg@iac.lu.se
Programme:
Red Room, Inter Arts Center

09:00 Arrival and coffee (in the café)

09:30 – 09:45 Introduction by Christian Skovbjerg Jensen, Director, Inter Arts Center

09:45 – 11:00 Experiencing VR processes #1

Bombina Bombast & Makropol: The Shared Individual

11:00 -12:00 Discussion: Electronic empathy and shifting identities

Roundtable discussion with Bombina Bombast (Emma Bexell & Stefan Stanisic), Makropol (Mads Damsbo & Johan Knattrup Jensen), Johanna Koljonen, Bjarke Pedersen & Temi Odumosu

12:00 -13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:15 Experiencing VR processes #2

Gibson/Martelli: Man A

14:15 – 15:15 Discussion: Animating virtual worlds, aesthetic limitations and participation

Roundtable discussion with Ruth Gibson, Bruno Martelli, Susan Kozel and Johanna Koljonen.

15:15 – 15:45 Fika (in the café)

15:45 – 16:30 Experiencing VR processes #3

Gibson/Martelli & Susan Kozel: MoCap Studio Session

16:30 -17:00 Closing discussion

The symposium will be moderated by Christian Skovbjerg Jensen.

This is the start of a longer collaboration between IAC (Lund University) and K3 (Malmö University) into developments in arts, performance and technologies.

Inter Arts Center
Bergsgatan 29, 214 22 Malmö, Sweden

Image: Gibson/Martelli