Virtual Presence: Occupying New Realities Symposium



Envisioning environments enhanced by and built with media, the “Virtual Presence” symposium hosted by the IDEAS Technology Studio aims to investigate scenarios where occupants of such architectures travel seamlessly between the digital and physical worlds. As our current pandemic lifestyle cemented the role of the contemporary home as an ecology of media distractions, loose social engagements and a coarse platform for professional development, how can we reimagine the home as a spatial interface that accommodates enhanced modes of human interaction and engagement? The goal of the symposium is to explore the notion of being present in virtual frameworks, one that re-imagines a cybernetic form of space that is fluidly responsive to crises – one that interprets architecture as transient media rather than a vessel that negotiates between the violence of an anthropogenically transformed nature and the body.

Panelists include:
Shari Frilot, Chief Curator, Sundance Film Festival- New Frontiers
Aaron Koblin, Media Artist, Founder of Within VR
Lauren Lee McCarthy, Media Artist, Professor at UCLA DMA
Tony Parisi, Global Head of AR/VR Ad Innovation at Unity Technologies

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