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Exchange Project

A German-Canadian Exchange in Virtual Reality

April – November 2018
Montréal, Berlin

VR:RV© A. Klotz / Goethe-Institut Montreal

With the exchange project, VR:RV, journalism and the newest immersive technologies come together to reimagine our interaction with digital society. This initiative offers professional virtual reality (VR) creators, artists, thinkers and journalists from Canada and Germany the opportunity to exchange knowledge, collaborate on new works, and share their critical explorations with the public. A series of three meetings are organized over the course of 7 months for selected German and Canadian participants, comprising of internal workshop sessions and public panels. The first meeting will be in Montreal at MUTEK_IMG, followed by a meeting in Berlin in May at re:publica, with a final stop in Montreal in November during les Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal. A project by the Goethe-Institut, realized with the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the aim of VR:RV is to foster self-reflective works in virtual reality which explore the creative frontiers of the medium.
Highlighting creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and vision, the Canadian VR scene has risen to international attention over the last five years - producing some of the most celebrated VR pieces and talents. Equally as prolific, but less well-known abroad, the German VR scene has also been expanding and exploring VR as a new medium, with application in a variety of fields including science, medicine and journalism.
This exchange 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. VR:RV intends to provoke conversations, and ultimately VR works, that challenge, expose, critique and problematize the digital society through issues such as artificial intelligence, algorithms, digital privacy, digital democracy and the future of the internet.


Partie 1

Workshop and Public Panels and Presentations at Mutek_Img, Montreal

April 9 – 13, 2018
20-24 invited creatives from both countries will work together in a workshop setting to discuss and ideate VR works. Leading journalists and thinkers will contribute research and/or data sets as provocations to teams of renowned VR creators, artists, and cutting edge technologists. The teams will work collaboratively to create immersive experiences inspired by the research. In addition, many of the VR:RV participants will contribute to the public debate on VR through public panels and presentations at MUTEK_IMG..

Partie 2

Public Panels, Presentations and Workshop Sessions at re:publica, Berlin

May 1 – 5, 2018
The VR:RV participants will reconvene 3 weeks later for re:publica in Berlin, Europe’s biggest conference on topics concerning digitisation and society, and one of the world’s most exceptional festivals on digital culture. At re:publica, the German and Canadian participants will be featured alongside the festival’s outstanding programming in a series of conferences on VR and its interfaces with performance arts, journalism and ethics.

Partie 3

Project Conclusion and Future Outlook in Montreal

November 2018
The final programme reconvening the RV:VR participants, will take place in November during the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal and will be announced at a later date.


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