From big-screen gaming to Shakespeare, new technologies are beginning to affect every area of cultural life.
A conference at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre later this month will feature high-profile speakers from many arenas using Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR and AR) to enhance their audiences’ experience.
The two-day event, Exploring Digital Futures, takes place on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May, and will bring experts from organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company and leading animation studio Blue Zoo to speak on the Friday.
Organisers Richard Askew of Askew Brook and Zoe Naylor of Reel Solutions, said: “All the big global tech companies are investing heavily in VR and AR; it’s having a positive impact on a range of sectors including retail, health, charities and education.
“It’s also becoming a versatile career path and we’re hoping that lots of young people will come and try out the new tech for themselves.”
The Scarborough News is the media partner of the event and will be publishing interactive pages to promote the event. Don’t miss the details coming soon on how to turn certain content into moving imagery.
Friday’s headline speakers include Sarah Ellis, director of Digital Development at the Royal Shakespeare Company, whose acclaimed recent production of The Tempest featured a virtual avatar Ariel created by Intel and Andy Serkis’s Imaginarium Studios, and Tom Box, owner of Blue Zoo Productions, creators of TV shows Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small and Alphablocks. Tom will show Blue Zoo’s new VR piece, HooDoo and a ‘making of’ documentary. Other speakers are Paul Hollins, chairman of Scarborough Museums Trust and currently working with Sony PlayStation VR on developing new ways of engaging museum and gallery visitors; Mark Castle, founder of the UK’s most advanced VR advertising platform, VRtize; and Yorkshire-based artist Ian Nicholls who’ll showcase his latest immersive experience for the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield, a collaboration with poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan.
As well as the conference, the event will be thrown open to the public, who’ll have the opportunity to experience many of the latest technologies either free or at low cost including Tilt Brush by Google, which allows users to ‘paint’ in 3D space; a gaming on the big screen taster session in the theatre’s McCarthy cinema; a 360-degree immersive astronomical experience from Scarborough’s Hidden Horizons; theatre performances exploring the use of digital technologies presented by the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Young People’s Board; and VR art.
Places on the Friday conference are £50; wother events are free or low cost and tickets will be available soon – for further information and to buy tickets for the special venture, please visit: http://exploringdigitalfutures.com