Journalism and the newest immersive technologies come together to reimagine our interaction with digital society
Between April and November 2018 professional virtual reality creators, artists, thinkers and journalists from Canada and Germany are invited to network, exchange knowledge, collaborate on new works, and share their critical explorations with the public. „VR:RV, A German-Canadian Exchange in Virtual Reality“ is a series of internal workshops as well as public presentations and aims to invigorate the scenes in both countries by creating the ideal setting for networking, collaboration and co-production, while also rethinking the language and modes by which we engage both with VR and with the wider digital world. The first part of the programme took place from 8th to 13th April in Montreal, the second will follow in Berlin from 1st to 5th May. Together with the re:publica, four public panel discussions will be presented during the symposium.
2. Mai, 17:30 – 19:30 Uhr, Pop-Up Room
VR:RV|VR (Anti) Manifesto Part III
Panelists: Fernanda Parente, Ana Serrano, Sandra Rodriguez, Karim Ben Khelifa
What happens when reality and virtual reality intersect? Beyond games, sci-fi and straight up science, how do we code VR in the non-fiction spaces of art? journalism? documentary? What does VR really mean for these realities? What are the limitations and ethics of that code? What does it mean to ‘construct’ reality? To engineer emotions?
3. Mai, 10:00 – 11:00 Uhr, Stage 9
Project Presentations: VR:RV & Performersion
Panelists: Paul Feigelfeld, Liam Maloney, Tess Takahashi, Christiane Miethge
We open our “Immersive Arts”-Topic with a group of Lightning Talks. This panel brings together participants of the VR:RV project to present their recent research. They are joined by artists of the Berlin-based Performersion-Festival. All of them present their projects in 5 minutes each.
3. Mai, 17:30 – 18:30 Uhr, Stage 9
VR:RV|Visualising the Invisible: VR Encounters in Non-Fiction
Panelists: Liam Maloney, Carolin Wiedemann, Sophie Schulenburg
What does VR allow us to witness that is otherwise invisible? How can new immersive spaces invite us to explore the frontiers of journalism, science, education? What are the implications of VR as voyeurism, as witness to trauma and conflict: what can we expose and what should we ultimately leave to the imagination?
3. Mai, 16:15 – 17:15 Uhr, Stage 9
VR:RV|Stories We Tell
Panelists: Chris Köver, Nyla Innuksuk, Etienne Turpin
“Story and narrative are the code for humanity's operating system." (Kamal Sinclair, Making a New Reality) Which codes are embedded in the way we tell stories, and how can VR explode and expand these scripts?
re:publica 18, STATION Berlin,
Luckenwalder Straße 4-6, 10963 Berlin