In his talk Kent Bye reflects on the affordances of different mediums through the perspective of VR presence, and then looks at some of the immersive theatre and performance trends happening at the intersection of VR and immersive storytelling. Agency, embodiment, social dynamics, and emotional immersion are elemental ingredients that are combined in different ways to modulate the phenomenological qualities of immersive experiences, whether they are virtual or physical. Breaking down some of these live performances from the immersive storytelling and film festival circuit will help to elucidate some of the deeper trends happening with the future of AI and VR/AR (aka XR).
Part of Episode XXIII: “Gathering (in the) Cloud. Digital Performance Beyond Zoom”
With Kent Bye, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Sarah Rothberg & Florian Malzacher
19. April 2023 – ln the metaverse at nowhere.io
In partnership with Max Media Art Xploration & ONX Studio
Since May 2014, Kent Bye has published over 1200 Voices of VR podcast interviews featuring the pioneering artists, storytellers, and technologists driving the resurgence of virtual & augmented reality. He’s an oral historian, experiential journalist, & aspiring philosopher, helping to define the patterns of immersive storytelling, experiential design, ethical frameworks, & the ultimate potential of XR.