NEW INC is teaming up with Kill Screen, a video game arts and culture company, to present Versions: The Creative Landscape of Virtual Reality. Taking place March 5-6, 2016 at the New Museum, Versions will explore the impact on technology on culture with a focus on the adoption of new tools and cultural forms by artists. Versions will convene luminary artists, filmmakers, video game designers, journalists and researchers to discuss VR’s present and future.
The two-day event will feature moderated panel discussions and project presentations, followed by hands-on workshops designed to introduce participants to the tools and techniques of producing innovative, new experiences in VR. The panel conversations will span VR’s proclaimed status as an “empathy machine” to how it is being leveraged by journalists and the military; address urgent questions regarding emerging standards around ethics and practice; consider the technology’s relationship to the brain and its neurological and psychological effects; and examine how creative practitioners are exploiting the format’s opportunities for embodiment and immersion.
Saturday March 5 is composed of a series of panel-discussions from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM in the New Museum Theater:
By Douglas Trumbull
Filmmaker and Visual Effects Supervisor, Bladerunner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture; Director, Brainstorm and Silent Running
VR: THE LAST MEDIUM?
With Alex McDowell, Jessica Brillhart, Neil McFarland, and Rachel Rossin
WHERE IS MY MIND? VR ON THE BRAIN
With Skip Rizzo, Marte Roel, and Mike Woods
VR AT THE INFLECTION POINT
With Shari Frilot, Janet Murray, and Andrew Schoen
With Gene Dolgoff
DOES VR NEED A HIPPOCRATIC OATH?
With Gabo Arora, Sam Dolnick, and Rose Troche, Moderated by Lina Srinastava
INTIMACY, EMBODIMENT, AND ALIENATION
With Ela Darling, Katherine Isbister, and Jacolby Satterwhite
A series of VR workshops will follow at NEW INC on March 6, 2016 from 12:00 PM-6:00 PM.
Please visit Versions 2016 for more information and to apply for tickets to attend. Head over soon — discounted Early Bird Registration runs through February 12, 2016!
*Featured image thanks to Douglas Trumbull