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November 11th, 2016 Conferences RIDM+DCM

THE VR (ANTI) MANIFESTO

Activities and Events

“VR is the future of storytelling.”
“VR is the ultimate Empathy Machine.”
“VR allows us to hack into our brains”

Many sweeping statements have been uttered in 2016, but beyond the 'Enthusiasm Peak’ lies a 360 horizon of questions: What does VR really mean for reality? For documentary? For cinema? For performing arts? What are the limitations of the headset? The ethical considerations of the Empathy Machine? How do our brains process VR? What does it mean to ‘construct’ reality? In fact, the arrival of VR reactivates age-old questions, inherent to the documentary practice. Leading designers, creators and theorists converge in Montreal for an event unique in its kind: an afternoon of intense debate. Each will bring specific arguments, backed by case studies, images, and data, touching on issues of representation, neuroscience, politics, and power.

The experts will attempt to dismantle a series of common assumptions about creating in VR and to inspire new ways of thinking about the medium.

MODERATOR
Sandra Rodriguez | MIT Open Documentary Lab + EyeSteelFilm

EXPERTS
Clint Beharry | The Harmony Institute
Katerina Cizek | MIT Open Documentary Lab
Simon Drouin | Montreal Neurological Institute
Mandy Rose | i-Docs
Ana Serrano | CFC Media Lab
Louis-Richard Tremblay | NFB
Simon Wilkinson | CiRCA69

AGITATORS
Jean-Pascal Beaudoin | Headspace Studio
Éloi Champagne | NFB
Sean Flynn | Points North Institute
Loren Hammonds | Tribeca Film Festival
Frédéric Josué | Uni-VR
John MacFarlane | POV Digital
 

Presented with the financial participation of the Bell Fund, in collaboration with the Concordia Research Chair on Interactive Documentary Filmmaking, le Concordia Documentary Center, Bell Média, le British Council Canada, l’Office national du film, MUTEK_IMG / VR SALON, Turbulent, Dpt., le centre PRIM et Headspace Studio.

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THE VR (ANTI) MANIFESTO

“VR is the future of storytelling.”
“VR is the ultimate Empathy Machine.”
“VR allows us to hack into our brains”

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