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A German-Canadian Exchange in Virtual Reality

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 at Doc Circuit Montréal during the 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.

For more information visit the website of the Goethe-Institut.

Participants (biographies here)

Ana Serrano – Canadian Film Centre (CA)
Allison Moore (CA)
Annina Zwettler – Arte Germany (DE)
Brett Gaylor – Mozilla Foundation (CA)
Catherine D'Amours – Nouvelle Administration (CA)
Charlène Boutin – Casa Rara / Milieux Institute (CA)
Christian Kokott (DE)
Christian Zschunke – Sehsucht (DE)
Christiane Miethge (DE)
Claire Buffet – Turbulent (CA)
Egbert van Wyngaarden (DE)
Johannes Helberger – Kling Klang Klong (DE)
Liam Maloney (CA)
Louis-Richard Tremblay – National Film Board of Canada (CA)
Mate Steinforth – Sehsucht (DE)
Nicolas S. Roy – Dpt. (CA)
Nyla Innuksuk – Mixtape VR (CA)
Paul Feigelfeld – TBA-21 Academy (DE)
Phillip Steinfatt – VR Nerds (DE)
Samuel Walker (CA)
Sandra Rodriguez – EyeSteelFilm_Creative Reality (CA)
Sönke Kirchhof – INVR.SPACE (DE)
Tali Goldstein – Casa Rara / Milieux Institute (CA)
Tess Takahashi – Camera Obscura Journal (CA)
Vladimir Ilic – VR Nerds (DE)

Curated by Samara Chadwick (CA)

VR:RV public conference program at MUTEK_IMG

The following conferences involve the participation of one or several VR:RV participants. Access is free but you need to rsvp for each activity.

Wednesday, April 11, 13:30-15:15 – VR:RV - Presentations + panel: Documenting the Digital Society: VR Reflects on Itself
Wednesday, April 11, 15:30-17:00 – VR:RV - Panel: Visualising the Invisible: VR Encounters in Non-Fiction

Thursday, April 12, 9:00-11:00 – VR Salon - Panel: VR (Anti) Manifesto - Edition 2
Thursday, April 12, 11:15-12:30 – VR Salon - Panel: Stories We Sell
Thursday, April 12, 13:30-14:45 – VR Salon - Panel: Industry Trends

Friday, April 13, 15:15-17:00 – Panel: Digital Art for a Post-Truth Reality

Matchmaking with the VR:RV participants

Several VR:RV participants will be available for one-to-one meetings as part of our MUTEK Match sessions on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12, from 18:00-19:00. Sign up by April 4, 17:00!

VR:RV is a project by the Goethe-Institut realized with the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. The project has been developed in close collaboration with MUTEK and re:publica in Berlin. The workshop component during MUTEK_IMG is also supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Further project partners include: National Film Board of Canada, the Canadian Film Centre, ARTE Germany, DCM (RIDM's industry event), and Retune.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.



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