Panel Discussion Critical Approaches to Virtual Reality

Critical Approaches to virtual reality © Casa Rara Studio

Wed, 05/24/2017

Milieux Institute Resource Centre, EV 11.705

Concordia University
1515 Ste-Catherine W.
H3G 2W1 Montreal

Talk with Tina Sauerländer and others

Critical Approaches to Virtual Reality: A Conversation about the Present, Past and Future of VR

Presenters: Tina Sauerländer, Erandy Vergara, Paloma Dawkins, Tali Goldstein and Ruben Farrus (Casa Rara VR studio)
Wednesday, May 24th 2017 from 5 PM to 7 PM
Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology
Milieux Resource Centre, EV-11.705
Concordia University EV Building, 1515 Ste-Catherine Street West,Montreal
Recent art projects and discussions about VR seem mostly awestruck by the possibilities of the technologies themselves. However, there are critical and historical perspectives that we must address in order to investigate issues of aesthetics, politics, and the conceptual aspects of VR artworks and games.
This conversation will include questions such as: How can artists and collectives working with Virtual Reality today challenge mainstream uses of this technology? What can we learn from the pioneers of VR and the criticism that media theorists asked regarding early celebratory discourses? Where are we in regards to issues of embodiment/disembodiment? What about feminist and postcolonial critiques of VR?