Mixed Realities – VR & AR Symposium

21 October 2017 - ACMI X, Melbourne

0As virtual reality and augmented reality technology evolves and becomes more accessible, a new generation of artists have embraced its immersive promise and sensorial potential. Through digital landscapes, these creators are developing new ways to communicate and interpret our varied realities.

Join the makers, curators and programmers of some of the most engaging mixed reality projects currently in development in Melbourne and internationally for a day of discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on opportunities to delve into alternate realities and limitless narratives. Practical information on the process of creation and distribution of VR and AR artworks, as well as conversations about ways this new platform is impacting our social roles and responsibilities.

Workshops lead by leaders in the industry, accessible for artists and content creators of various skill levels. Followed by a panel discussion and a social presentation of mixed reality artworks curated by The Virtual Reality Content Creators (VRCC). Accessible for anyone with an interest in mixed realities. 

This event is co-presented by Experimenta Media Arts and ACMI X, in collaboration with VRCC.

The involvement of Jane Gauntlett has been made possible with the support of the British Council.


Saturday 21 October 2017, 11am – 5pm


ACMI X, 2 Kavanagh Street, Southbank


Ticket 1: Workshop Sessions (11am-2pm) = $50 (+booking fee)

Ticket 2: Panel & Presentations (3pm-5pm) = FREE


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COST: $50 (+booking fee). Limited capacity.

Hear directly from artists and industry professionals specialising in VR & AR technologies, these sessions will allow for hands on experience and skill sharing for artists who are looking for an introductory to develop their own practise.

11am – 12:30pm, The Virtual Reality Cinema (Production Focus & Tips).
Showcasing the new wave of virtual reality works, Michael Lyon from The Virtual Reality Cinema will take participants through best production approaches and accessible equipment techniques for VR film-making and interactive animation. www.virtualrealitycinema.com.au

12:30 – 1pm, Jane Gauntlett (VR Content Creation)
A writer, designer and producer of interactive experiences, Jane Gauntlett utilises new technologies to push audiences further. Her narrative-driven VR artworks explore the capacity for technology to intensify audience experience, including her recent work ‘In My Shoes: Intimacy’ presented as part of Experimenta Make Sense. www.janegauntlett.com

1pm – 1:30pm, Kate Geck (AR Content Creation)
An installation artist working with digital and sensory space, Kate’s work utilises sculpture, kaleidoscopic projections and augmented reality to affect sensory experience. Her work explores connectivity, experience and the differences between what she terms mediated and non-mediated immediacy. www.kittykake.com 

1:30pm – 2pm, Serena Bentley (Exhibition Advice)
Assistant Curator at ACMI, Serena has experience exhibiting media artworks that utilise new technologies, challenging gallery applications and immersive audience experiences.



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3pm – 4pm: PANEL DISCUSSION, ‘Empathy Machines’
COST: FREE. Booking Essential.

Creating versions of our reality and vehicles for empathy, artists are utilising digital technology as a tool to transport the viewer into sensory digital landscapes. However, what are the impacts of these immersive experiences on our emotional and physical states? Can VR and AR technology truly replicate a feeling or sense? This panel will explore the various facets of what it means to mix our realities and the current predicaments of this thriving technology.

Hosted by MIFF programmer Al Cossar, with UK artist Jane Gauntlett, filmmaker Sarah Jane Woulahan, Damian Moratti from Liminal VR and Ben Andrews from VRCC.


COST: FREE. Light refreshments provided.

Interact with a variety of VR and AR projects curated by VRCC (Virtual Reality Content Creators), including works by Alison Bennett, Lester Francois, Marc-O-Matic, Liminal VR, Jane Gauntlett and Kate Geck.


Please note: Limited capacity for workshop sessions from 11am-2pm, $50 (+ booking fee), includes all sessions. Additional tickets must be booked for panel discussion at 3pm, which is a free event. Booking link here.