MUTEK XR Salon presented by Unreal Engine
From Tuesday, September 8 to Friday, September 11, 2020, the sixth edition of MUTEK Forum, formerly known as Forum IMG, will once again provide a shared platform for artists, companies, researchers and other industry players to explore the latest in practices and tools for digital creation, to generate new business opportunities, and together, to imagine our digital futures, including XR Salon.
MUTEK has been developing its XR Salon since 2015, and each year provides a selection of the latest creative and technological advances in XR, while simultaneously examining a variety of industry-specific issues. For the second consecutive year, the XR Salon will be presented by Unreal Engine, a leader in game engines and a critical partner to creators of real-time digital content.
Among the creative projects presented: Frances Adair Mckenzie’s The Orchid and the Bee experience, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, which combines virtual reality with stop-motion; and a case study about the creative practices of Montreal studio Dpt., which integrate augmented reality and artificial intelligence.
Industry issues addressed will include the challenges related to distribution and publishing that have been made more acute by the situation of the last few months, and will be examined by Atlas V, a multi-award-winning French production company and distributor, and RYOT, a major U.S. player in the production of innovative immersive content; in addition to virtual production, which has been propelled to prominence thanks to the opportunities provided by technologies such as volumetric capture, as exemplified by the American companies Metastage, who are 3D-hologram experts and the first American partner of Microsoft’s capture system, and Scatter, whose product, Depthkit, is among the most used by independent creators.
Lastly, XR Salon welcomes Savannah Niles, a multidisciplinary designer, technologist and strategist, whose journey has included time at MIT, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Twitter before she made her way to American mixed-reality start-up Magic Leap, where she is currently in charge of collaboration and copresence platforms. Her presentation on the potential of mixed and augmented reality in culture, and all spheres of life, will serve as an introduction to beginners and inspiration to seasoned veterans.
Take a look to the Savannah Niles at Magic Leap L.E.A.P. conference keynote in Los Angeles in October 2018: