The VR SALON 3 will take place on Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 at the Rialto Montréal and Moment Factory, in the context of Mixed Realities.
Over the course of the last 13 months, MUTEK has hosted three editions of the VR SALON, mirroring the rapid transformations affecting all aspects of virtual reality creation. Distinguished among the many recent virtual reality events for its professional format, in-depth and up-to-date encounters with the issues, and commitment to practical and artistic engagement, it continues to build on its reputation as an essential destination, creating lasting encounters between local, and international creators and producers.
This year’s program dives even further than previous editions with a trajectory of activities over 2 days that cover the entire workflow of virtual reality.
*Please note that all VR SALON activities take place in English.
Below is the preliminary program - more announcements and details will be added in the coming days.
Thursday, November 10
9:00am - 10:30am
Alain Mongeau – MUTEK (CA) / Frédéric Guarino – VR Valley Network (CA)
INTRODUCTION: THE ECOSYSTEM OF VIRTUAL REALITY IN CANADA
Insights From the PULSE ON VR Study
Moderator: Ana Serrano – Canadian Film Center Media Lab (CA)
Participants: Prem Gill – Creative BC (CA) / Prashant Matta – OMERS Ventures (CA)
10:45am - 3:15pm
STATE OF PLAY: CREATION & CONCEPTUALIZATION
The VR Dichotomy, Between Solitary Experience and Collective Spectacle
Keynote speaker: Brendan Walker – Aerial (UK)
To Create (or Not) in VR and AR: Asking the Right Questions
Moderator: Frédéric Josué – Uni-VR (FR)
Participants: Clint Beharry – The Harmony Institute (US) / Loren Hammonds – Tribeca Film Festival (US) / Karen Vanderborght (CA/BE) / Brendan Walker – Aerial (UK)
Case study: The Enemy: A Multi-Platform Project
Participants: Fabien Barati – Emissive (FR) / Karim Ben Khelifa – MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (BE/US) / Nicolas S. Roy – Dpt. (CA) / Chloé Jarry – Camera Lucida (FR) / Louis-Richard Tremblay – NFB Montréal (CA)
3:30pm - 5:15pm
STATE OF PLAY: FUNDING & DISTRIBUTION in collaboration with RPM
Potentials and Limitations of Various VR and AR Platforms
Moderator: Fred Volhuer (FR/US)
Participants: Maria Rakusanova – Samsung (UK) / Hadrien Lanvin – Innerspace VR (FR) / Frédéric Guarino – VR Valley Network (CA)
5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday, November 11
9:00am - 2:45pm
VR IN PRACTICE: FROM WRITING TO POSTPRODUCTION
9:00am - 10.30am : Techniques and Tools for Script Writing, Interaction and Sound
Moderator: Simon Wilkinson – CiRCA69 (UK)
Participants: Jean-Pascal Beaudoin – Headspace Studio (CA) / Joséphine Derobe (FR) / Karen Vanderborght (CA/BE)
10:45am - 12:15pm : Techniques and Tools for 360° Shoot
Moderator: Eloi Champagne – NFB Montréal (CA)
Participants: Philippe Belhumeur & Samuel Greffe – Normal Studio (CA) / Thomas Wallner & Franz Hildgen – Deep Inc. (DE/CA) / Robin McNicholas – Marshmallow Laser Feast (UK)
1:15pm - 2:45pm : Techniques and Tools for Volumetric Capture and CGI
Moderator: Shaw Walters – Palm Laboratories (US)
Participants: Matthieu Labeau – Nozon (BE) / Vincent McCurley – NFB Vancouver (CA) / Pascal Montjovent – Kenzan Technologies (CH)
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Co-presented by the Doc Circuit Montreal at MOMENT FACTORY
Moderator: Sandra Rodriguez – MIT Open Documentary Lab + EyeSteel Film (CA/US)
Participants: Ana Serrano – Canadian Film Center Media Lab (CA) / Clint Beharry – The Harmony Institute (US) / Simon Wilkinson – CiRCA69 (UK) / Kat Cizek – MIT Open Documentary Lab (US) / Simon Drouin – Montreal Neurological Institute (CA) / Louis-Richard Tremblay – NFB Montréal (CA) / Jon Rafman – artist (CA) / Loren Hammonds – Tribeca Film Festival (US)
Agitators: Jean-Pascal Beaudoin – Headspace Studio (CA) / Eloi Champagne – NFB Montréal (CA) / Frédéric Josué – Uni-VR (FR) / Sean Flynn – Points North Institute (US) / John MacFarlane – POV Digital (US)
Mixed Realities - VR SALON would not be possible without the assistance, collaboration and support of our partners: Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Montréal, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, the Plan culturel numérique of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the British Council, la SODEC, RPM, Bell, VR Valley Network, Culture pour tous, Doc Circuit Montréal, Moment Factory, Kaleidoscope, Phi Centre and NFB.