VR:RV: Fostering Networking, Collaboration and Co-Production
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.
Together with Canadian and German partner organizations, a series of internal workshop sessions and public panels, curated by Samara Chadwick, is organized for and with the project participants in Montreal and Berlin. VR:RV is a project by the Goethe-Institut, realized with the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. Partners include: MUTEK_IMG, re:publica, the National Film Board of Canada, the Canadian Film Centre, ARTE Germany, Eye Steel Film, Mozilla Foundation, Doc Circuit Montréal (RIDM's industry event), la SODEC and Retune. The Canada Council for the Arts supported the first workshop in the series during MUTEK_IMG.