Into the Twilight Zones: Art and Virtual/Augmented Reality in the West
The Cantor Arts Center
328 Lomita Drive @ Museum Way
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This program will explore issues that arise from this new media for museums, artists, and collectors from a western perspective.
Jeremy Bailenson, Professor of Communications, Stanford University; Director, Virtual Human Interaction Lab
"Virtual Becomes Reality"
Elizabeth Merritt, Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums
"VR, AR, and IRL: Parsing Museum Applications for Immersive Technology"
Yelena Rachitsky, Executive Producer of Experiences at Oculus/Facebook
"Designing for Emotion"
Jennifer Steinkamp, Artist & Professor of Design Media Arts, UCLA
"My Mixed Reality"
Camille Utterback, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, Stanford University
Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Thomas More Storke Professor in the Department of Communication, Professor (by courtesy) of Education, Professor (by courtesy) Program in Symbolic Systems, a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, and a Faculty Leader at Stanford’s Center for Longevity. He earned a B.A. cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1994 and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University in 1999. He spent four years at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and then an Assistant Research Professor.
Bailenson studies the psychology of Virtual and Augmented Reality, in particular how virtual experiences lead to changes in perceptions of self and others. His lab builds and studies systems that allow people to meet in virtual space, and explores the changes in the nature of social interaction. His most recent research focuses on how virtual experiences can transform education, environmental conservation, empathy, and health. He is the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford.
He has published more than 100 academic articles and books, inlucing his most recent monograph: Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do (Norton, 2018), considered a leading primer on the subject. His work has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation for the last 15 years.
Elizabeth is the American Alliance of Museums' (AAM) vice president for strategic foresight, and founding director of the Center for the Future of Museums—a think-tank and research & development lab for the museum field. She is the author of the Alliance’s annual TrendsWatch report, and writes and speaks prolifically on the trends shaping the future of nonprofit organizations. (M.A. Duke University, B.S. Yale University, Museum Management Institute).
Executive Producer of Media, Oculus/Facebook
Yelena Rachitsky is an Executive Producer of Media at Oculus, overseeing dozens of groundbreaking, narrative-driven VR projects that range from Pixar's first VR project to original independent work. Prior to Oculus, she was the Creative Producer at Future of Storytelling (FoST), which aims to change how people communicate and tell stories in the digital age. Yelena also helped program for the Sundance Film Festival and Institute's New Frontier program and spent four years in the documentary division at Participant Media, working on films like Food Inc. and Waiting for Superman. She's passionate about big creative ideas that will make technology meaningful.
Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, Stanford University
Camille Utterback's interactive installations, generative, site-specific, and reactive works engage participants in a dynamic process of kinesthetic discovery and play. Utterback's work explores the aesthetic and experiential possibilities of linking computational systems to human movement and gesture in visually layered ways. Her work aims to focus attention on the continued relevance and richness of the body in our increasingly mediated world. Utterback has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford since 2013. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Computer Science. Utterback's extensive exhibit history includes more than fifty shows on four continents. Recent shows include Black Out - Silhouettes Then and Now at the National Portrait Gallery (2018), Watch This! at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (2015), and solo shows at Haines Gallery in San Francisco (2019), the Stanford Art Gallery (2017) and Emerson College's Urban Arts’ Media Art Gallery in Boston, MA (2017). Awards and honors include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2009) and a U.S. patent (2004) for video tracking software Utterback co-developed with collaborator Romy Achituv for their Text Rain installation (1999). Her work is represented by Haines Gallery in San Francisco.
The format of the symposium will be a two-hour and 15 minute event featuring a keynote speaker followed by three expert presentations. Each speaker will be given 30 minutes with a final moderated exchange among all participants. Our program concludes with a 15 minute exchange moderated by Camille Utterback, assistant professor of art practice. The symposium will feature four interdisciplinary participants representing academia, industry, the museum world, and a practicing VR artist.
Jeremy Bailenson: A Conversation on VR and its Potential for the Arts, Prepared by Ms. Alexandra (Mac) Taylor (Feb. 2020)
Mixed Reality in the Museum, Prepared by Ms. Alexandra (Mac) Taylor (Dec. 2019)