About Illya Szilak

Illya Szilak is a transmedia writer/artist, independent scholar, and curator. She and her long time collaborator Cyril Tsiboulski (Cloudred Studio) were recently awarded a grant from Tribeca Film Institute/MacArthur Foundation to create a VR experience inspired by their online narrative installation Queerskins. Reconstructing Mayakovsky www.reconstructingmayakovsky.com was included in the second Electronic Literature Collection and was a jury pick for The Japan Media Arts Festival 2010. The animation done in collaboration with Pelin Kirca has been shown in eight film festivals around the world. Her second multimedia novel Queerskins www.queerskins.com was recognized by the Webby's in the category of NetArt in 2013 and was exhibited at the 5th International Digital Storytelling Conference in Ankara and at the Bibliotheque National in Paris. It was recently featured as part of a group show Queertech.io at three LGBTQ festivals in Australia. She and VR artist Oscar Raby (VRTOV Studio) received a grant from the Sundance Institute/Arcus Foundation to make a VR experience inspired by Queerskins. She is an Oculus Launchpad Fellow. Her longtime collaborator is interactive designer Cyril Tsiboulski at Cloudred Studio (NYC). Their current project is Atomic Vacation a narrative game for VR. www.atomicvacation.com and devblog at www. https://www.facebook.com/atomicvacation/ She blogs on Electronic Literature and the Arts for the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/illya-szilak/

#Queerskins #VR in #Nova Scotia #Canada!

 

Really pleased to be part of this VR show in Halifax curated by a great artist David Clark.

Whew! This month Queerskins is showing in Canada, Switzerland and Texas!

Above are new photos of participants at our installation at the TIFF Lightbox Gallery in Toronto in June taken by Tagger Yancey and Yann Voljean. These photos will be exhibited in 16x 20″ format in the installation in Houston at The Rice University Media Center. Nov 8-12. I’ll be giving an artist’s talk at noon on Nov 9.

 

Queerskins: a love story #VR to have #European #Premiere

 

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.

Viva Mexico! Beautiful #Installation Queerskins: a love story for #VR in #Mexico City

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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.