VR Meetups for Womxn
Meetup for Womxn on the Social VR platform AltspaceVR on November 20, 2020 at 12.30 pm.
After two successful events in June and October, this third meeting is all about art and immersive technologies.
The focus will be on topics related to our ongoing project New Nature, between contemporary artists, filmmakers, immersive and VR creators, technologists, and climate scientists. The invited speakers are participating experts from New Nature. In their work they use complex biological, interspecies and computer-based systems to question our relationship to the natural world.
Introductions by Sara Lisa Vogl
, co-founder of Women in Immersive Tech Europe and New Nature participant. As well as Erandy Vergara
, curator and researcher.
Presentations by artists Tamiko Thiel
(DE) and Tosca Terán
(CA). Tosca Terán aka Nanotopia will present a VR-live biodata-sonification of Mycelial Networks between Reality
The invited speakers are participating experts from New Nature
. In their work they use complex biological, interspecies and computer-based systems to question our relationship to the natural world.
Participation via VR headset, Windows PC and live stream via Zoom.
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Important info to take part in AltspaceVR.
Live-Stream via Zoom here:
Connect! - Womxn in Immersive Tech
is a series of events organized by the Goethe-Institut Montréal in collaboration with Women in Immersive Tech Europe (WIIT), initiated by Sara Lisa Vogl.
The network meetings aim to virtually connect Womxn from Europe and Canada working in the creative industries and around immersive technologies to create new international connections and foster potential cooperation.
These Meetups are planned as a series of events with a different focus for each event.
About the speakers:
was awarded the 2018 Visionary Pioneer Award by the Society for Art and Technology Montreal for over 30 years of media artworks exploring the interplay of place, space, the body and cultural identity in political and socially critical artworks. She was lead product designer on the "Connection Machine CM1/CM2“ AI supercomputer, in 1989 the fastest computer on earth and now in the collection of MoMA NY. She began working with virtual reality in 1994 as producer and creative director of "Starbright World" (1994-‘97), in collaboration with Steven Spielberg. Her first VR art installation "Beyond Manzanar" (2000) is in the collection of the San Jose Museum of Art; she created her most recent VR artwork "Land of Cloud" in 2017 as a GoogleVR artist in residence, and in 2018 it won the Audience Award at the VRHAM VR Festival in Hamburg, Germany. Her first augmented reality artwork "ARt Critic Face Matrix" was part of the path-breaking AR intervention into MoMA NY in 2010, after which she organized an AR intervention into the Venice Biennial in 2011. Her AR commissions since then include "Unexpected Growth" for the Whitney Museum, now in the permanent collection.
is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of art and ecology.
Through developing bodies of work incorporating metal, glass, and electronics, Tosca received scholarships from The Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School and The Penland School of Crafts. Her work has been featured at SOFA New York, Culture Canada, Metalsmith Magazine, The Toronto Design Exchange, the Memphis Metal Museum, Urban Glass Brooklyn, Music Works Magazine, and Vector Festival.
Tosca has been awarded artist residencies with Nes, Skagaströnd, The Ayatana Research Program in Ottawa and The Icelandic Visual Artists Association through Sím, Reykjavik Iceland. In 2019 Tosca was one of the first Bio-Artists in residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre, as well as a recipient of the 2019 BigCi Environmental Award at Wollemi National Park within the UNESCO World Heritage site in the Greater Blue Mountains to further explore her work in bio-sonification of fungi and trees with local mycologists and botanists throughout Wollemi, the Sydney Botanical Gardens, and with Māori rangers concerned with Kauri dieback at the Arataki Visitor Centre, New Zealand.
New Nature is a series of encounters between contemporary artists, filmmakers, immersive and VR creators, technologists, and climate scientists from Canada, Germany, Mexico and the US. The project is an initiative by the Goethe-Institut Montreal, realized with the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. To find out more visit: www.goethe.de/canada/newnature