Excited to be showing our interactive cinematic VR experience at The Rice Media Center as part of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival .
November 8-12. I will be giving talking about the work at noon on Friday November 9 in the Lounge at the Media Center.
Happy to announce that Queerskins: a love story will have its European premiere in November at The Geneva International Film Festival. Unfortunately, no installation, but they are working with us on creating the haptic chair which rumbles with the car engine. Skywalker Sound ,who did our audio post production and design, made it so bass noises are transmitted to a subwoofer under the seat. It’s a very elegant, very effective addition to the experience.
We are at muvlab for two weeks with a site-specific installation of Queerskins: a love story, featuring videos by Jarrah Gurrie and Pelin Kirca which were commissioned in 2011-12 for the online narrative.
I contacted Jarrah through a short film website, we met for two hours in a coffee shop in Union Square. He was going to LA to work on editing a Hollywood film –I handed him a Flip video camera and told him “no narrative” –just put it in your pocket and film your life. (I wanted him to use a Flip because it had no zoom so the filmmaker’s body is ever present in the motion of the shot) Three months later–he sent me back these beautiful videos which represent Sebastian’s life in LA after leaving Missouri.
Pelin’s video of a man touching his chest has been a centerpiece of installation since Tribeca. I met this wonderful Turkish artist in 2007 and commissioned a hand-drawn animation for Reconstructing Mayakovsky.
VR Fest MX was fantastic–the level of intelligence and creative energy in Mexico City is incredible. Thanks to all for this opportunity.
I am giving a keynote on VR and #Empathy September 28th at 6PM and Cyril Tsiboulski and I will be installing #Queerskins: a #love story as part of @VRFestMX. The creative energy and enthusiasm last year was incredible. Hoping to see more and more #Mexicans creating in # VR/ #AR!
#Queerskins is headed for the #LAFilmfestival ! Check us out on 9/22 & 9/23 in the VR & Immersive Storytelling Showcase, The Portal.
I made a crazy video of myself talking about mistakes and how it relates to being human. I did it, post-Rikers, at 3am, on my phone. I showed my manifesto from Reconstructing Mayakovsky and talked about the opacity of Roentgen’s wife’s wedding ring (above) then had Oppenheimer and Shizuku, my little robot girl from Atomic Vacation offer audio commentary. It was really fractured and poetic and, yes, odd. I just got word that they are flying me out to Ars Electronica for the Future Innovators Summit. I’m a little flabbergasted.
We are so pleased to announce that we got our first grant to support production of Queerskins ark –the second of 4 experiences for VR. Thank you, Peter Reed Foundation. Peter Reed was a filmmaker, dancer, and choreographer who, like so many artists, lost his life to AIDS. We hope to honor his memory with our work.
This episode combines narrative 3D volumetric filmmaking and interactive dance. As with Queerskins: a love story–we will create an experience in which the participant’s body is implicated in the storytelling. We think embodied cognition allows us access to universal human experiences in ways that we have yet to fully understand. Sebastian’s story is specific, but the experience of love, sexual desire, and fear of rejection/loss are part of being alive. Yes, we are looking for funders and/or in-kind donors–contact me with ideas! We know that most VR platforms are controversy and risk averse (and yes, two men dancing together, unfortunately, counts as controversial..and we are indie artists) so we are casting a wide net!