Get ready for something you’ve never seen on an opera stage before!
CircOpera 2.0 takes the audience on an adventurous journey of opera classics, modern circus and immersive technology.
State-of-the-art circus artists will make the audience gasp as they get immersed in the spectrum of grandiose feelings of some of the biggest all-time classics of opera music.
The evening is completed with the full orchestra and singers of the Finnish National Opera and of course, bleeding edge technology.
You will get to see the Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s first ever virtual visiting artist – a dancing and singing avatar – and experience the performers’ movements creating astonishing visual effects that fill the entire auditorium.
Violet Disruption and Vitamin Studio were announced the winners of our Open Call 2021 at the Assembly Creative Tech’21 event. They are currently working on their ideas in collaboration with the CircOpera 2.0 team. Stay tuned to follow their work in progress!
Read more about Violet Disruption and Vitamin Studio below.
Enara is the Founder of digital fashion platform ARMOAR, host of the Digital Fashion & Art Club, and VP of Metaverse at Hype Partners. She was recently voted as one of Top 30 Voices in the Metaverse by ReadWrite and has spoken at summits globally about digital fashion. Today she's building a new generation of Web3 products that will shape the future of how people express themselves online.
Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera
Lilli Paasikivi has worked as Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera since 2013.
In her work, Paasikivi has set out to reshape the structures of opera and to find ways to combine technology with opera. In 2019, Paasikivi launched Opera Beyond – a project which aims to apply new technological possibilities and tools in opera and ballet. The Opera Beyond ecosystem includes productions such as CircOpera 2.0, to be premiered in November, interactive installations Laila and Common Domain and collaboration and co-learning projects such as the Jam Session Webinars. The aim is to learn more, create, connect and inspire – to move beyond.
Lilli Paasikivi was engaged as a soloist at the Finnish National Opera from 1998 to 2013. Alongside, she has made a significant international career, performing on the leading opera and concert platforms of the world. Her repertoire varies from Mozart to Wagner side by side with symphonic and contemporary music. Paasikivi was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal in recognition of her artistic merits in 2008 and the Commander’s Badge by the Order of The Lion of Finland in 2017.
Co-founder, 00100 Ensemble
"In recent work with 00100ENSEMBLE we have been playing around with the balance of personal and shared experiences. In all of the projects one of the aims is to create a sense of belonging to a momentary community.
By creating a safe and curated multi sensory world we give the audience a choice to wander freely and lose themselves following their own intuition. In a performance where the options can feel limitless, they get the chance to surprise themselves and challenge their own behavioural habits.
At this moment I’m really excited about new unconventional performance spaces, that do not hold a history of any certain type of audience culture. Through this I believe we can create more accessible immersive experiences and create new narratives that reflect the diversity of the world we are living in. Queer bodies, cultures and spaces as an inspiration/celebration."
Onni Hämäläinen is a professional circus artist and director. He is one of the four co-founders of 00100ENSEMBLE, a contemporary multi-artistic collective creating immersive performances. The ensemble was brought together by a desire to create immersive works we have not experienced and worlds that escape defining and rely on the active processes of the viewers mind.
Since graduating from Dans och Cirkushögskolan Onni has been based in Finland and has worked on projects in Germany, Sweden and Spain. In his projects he works as a concept designer, director and also as a performer.
"Whether it's the thrill of a rollercoaster ride, an intense look in your eyes inside a huge labyrinth or a moment in a virtual paradise that makes you question the life around you – it all comes down to something that for me is the juicy essence of immersive experiences: a personal, though somehow shared adventure. An adventure packed in a fleeting moment, that has the potential to be transformative."
Inna Huttunen is an experience designer and producer specialized in immersive and impactful experiences. She is the managing director of Recover Laboratory, a pioneering Finnish immersive art company drawing from contemporary circus, visual arts and performance art. RecLab creates surreal art experiences focused on human contact, honesty and freedom.
In addition to co-leading Recover Laboratory, Huttunen has worked extensively with immersive experiences - from designing and producing some of Finland's first escape games and large-scale labyrinths under the ground to awarded marketing stunts and custom-made event concepts. Currently Huttunen is also producing a pioneering virtual reality theatre performance, Love Simulation EVE, that premieres in 2023.
Artistic director and artistic researcher, The Center for Everything
"At the moment I’m interested in how to apply negotiation practices from BDSM and sex-positive scene for immersive and game performances. By this I mean the mechanisms of negotiation themselves regardless of whether the subject matter is related to sexuality. I’m inspired by how queer communities create safer spaces in order to facilitate action which society at large might define as ‘risky’ in a way that validates the boundaries of everyone involved. If translated to art, this for me gives a glimpse of art which can take more meaningful risks while also taking better care of everyone involved."
Samee Haapa is a producer, director, performer, anthropologist and a dj. They are a doctoral resarcher in artistic research at the Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke at Theatre Academy in the University of the Arts Helsinki. In addition to having degrees in both acting and dance they also hold a BA in Cultural Anthropology. In their doctoral research Haapa focuses on developing a playtesting method for training performers in immersive and game performances.
They are also the artistic director of a performing arts company The Center for Everything.
"My most recent projects combine the use of virtual tools, virtual entities and Artificial Intelligence, to reflect on some unique characteristics of our human experience. Human messiness is a passion - I've worked with different media in the past, from films, to animation, mostly focusing on human-centered experiences and reality (non-fiction, documentary approaches, etc). As I've expanded with immersive and interactive tools (VR, AR, or AI), I'm excited about the ways we can explore more of the strange balance we create between our human lives - messy, quirky, the drama, the ethereal, magical imagination - and the fact that we are inevitably tethered to physical bodies in physical spaces.
With recent projects using AI, for instance: Chomsky vs Chomsky (Sundance 2021 and launch 2022) or Future Rites (Creative XR, London Philharmonia, IDFA DocLab Forum, SXSW 2022), I want to explore how algorithmic tools, physical body movement and human creativity can meet at a crucial junction, to create compelling virtual worlds and characters that invite interaction, discovery, dance and play. After all, we're stuck between technology and hand-crafted storytelling: and I always believe it is the human imagination that remains at the core of any type of immersion."
Sandra Rodriguez, Ph.D., is a creative director and producer (interactive, VR, XR, AI) and a sociologist of new media technology. Her work as creative director and producer have garnered multiple awards, including a Peabody (2016), best immersive experience (IDFA DocLab 2016; Leipzig DokNeuland 2018, Numix 2018), best storytelling (UNVR and World Economic Forum tour 2018), and the first Golden Nica award given to a VR project at Ars Electronica (2019). Her recent work spans from immersive dance performance, multi-user XR theater and large scale installation, exploring the sparks that fly at the crossroads of AI, VR, and human creativity. Rodriguez is also a lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2017, where she leads the course HackingXR, MIT’s first course on immersive media production.
"Recent project exploration has included a deep dive into the gamification of Romeo & Juliet, namely how strangers fall in love, what makes love irresistible, and how to utilize play to inspire self-reflection around intimacy. I’m currently also experimenting with playable museum tours that invite participants to game their way through a museum as a way to personalize and embody the content of the exhibits. To cap off the day, I’ve been winding down at night by indulging my inner literature & philosophy nerd and reading physical books, often by candlelight, for the sheer joy of the aesthetic."
Jessica is an interactive experience designer dedicated to crafting surprising games for curious people, immersive theater artist, and professor. Jessica has worked on Broadway, at sidewalk festivals, and in the digital abyss. Her work has been presented at The Franklin Institute, BostonFIG, HERE Arts Center, and FringeNYC.
Jessica is a Professor of Game Design at Drexel University, a climate change game designer with The National Parks Service, a 2021 Arctic Circle Artist-in-Residence, a member of the Rachael Carson Center Climate Change Existential Toolkit cohort, and she recently gave a TEDx talk about embracing uncertainty through play. She is the founder of IKantKoan Games: www.ikantkoan.com, a studio focused on playfully exploring complex subject matter. She holds an MFA in Devised, Ensemble Performance from The Pig Iron School of Advanced Performance Training/UARTS and a BA in Political Communications from the George Washington University.
TO BE ANNOUNCED
We will be announcing more speakers and program shortly. Stay tuned!
CEO Frontier Collective, Co-Founder at Shape, President at Vancouver VR/AR Association at Frontier Collective
"I'm really interested in democratizing the VR/AR/Metaverse technology to make it accessible to everyone, I'm passionate about the people and the community that make up the future of these transformative industries. The intersection of arts and innovation has never been more prevalent than now, I personally get inspired by it."
Dan is a pioneer in the technology space and a leader within the VR/AR/Metaverse industry. He knows Vancouver and BC have the opportunity to become global leaders in innovation. He believes it takes collaboration, inclusivity, and diversity to create a sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future. He's committed to driving adoption and innovation in the Metaverse to enhance human experiences.
Dan’s technological insights have elevated him to ceo and co-founder of Frontier Collective, which is bringing a new innovation to Vancouver through community and also president of the Vancouver VR/AR Association, an organization that catapulted Vancouver to become the industry’s second largest global hub. His contributions have greatly influenced the virtual and augmented reality presence across the BC region, as well as throughout Canada. Dan also co-founded Shape Immersive, a company specializing in the building of VR/AR + 3D development, which has collaborated with notable brands in many verticals including Redbull, Olympics, Disney, Star Atlas and RTFKT studios (NFTs).
Nominated as 2021's LinkedIn Top Voices: Technology & Innovation, BIV’s Top Forty Under 40, and named as a BC500 leader, Dan has written for and offered tech insights to publications including TechCrunch, Betakit, VR Scout, DailyHive, and BC Business. His dedication to the industry has been spotlighted in media outlets such as Forbes, CTV, CBC, and Business in Vancouver. Dan has curated events and spoken at venues around the globe including Web Summit (2021), SXSW, Annecy Festival France, TED Conference, AWE, AWE EU, Extraordinary Future Conference, and VR Days. Dan also advises and mentors many fast-growing startups and entrepreneurs with an emphasis on diversity.
London, UK /
Violet Disruption makes music for ecstasy, rapture, and euphoria. They want to empower the audience. FEEL is a no-judgment space for the audience to escape within - a place to release from the day-to-day, relinquish control, and feel.
Their project FEEL: an immersive rave opera.
Hosted by avatar DJ Violet Disruption, this experience takes audiences through an explosive, liberating, and all-encompassing experience revealing a new future. Violet Disruption is inspired by the collective experiences of ecstasy & rapture shared by audiences of all kinds (opera, rave, circus). She is inspired to open up new spaces for endorphin release with her immersive rave Opera. Violet is the connecting point of worlds - raving & opera, movement & music, art & tech.
Violet Disruption is an avatar ´DJ who encourages audiences to find freedom through an operatic rave. She is on the planet to unlock hope through the act of raving, and her voice & music directly address the audience and invite them to move and discover their bodies with her.
Since November 2020, Steph has been creating music for Violet Disruption, and in February of 2021, David & Steph met on the Expanding the Canvas project. Both artists were interested in getting people to move and use their bodies to express themselves, create work to encourage people to let go, get their bodies moving, and feel free.
Get to know the Team
The team was brought together across 2021 as Violet Disruption had an early R&D period with the Royal Opera House, National Ballet of Canada, to develop a 5-minute pilot experience. The team is composed of artists, producers, and digital technologists. Amanda Mayo is the music producer and sound designer, David Andrew Reid is a Jamaican-Canadian theatre/tv artist and the choreographer of the Violet Disruption project, Gideon Berger & Block9 are the Art directors & experience creators, Stephanie Singer is the Composer & creative director, and Sirt team are the Digital technologists in Canada.
Cacao Cinema aims to create interactive experiences that merge filmmaking, video games, architecture, technology, and art. They are focused on creating interactive and immersive experiences that combine different languages and technologies.
Their project: Gaming CircOpera - Let's play together. .
Their project is evolving between two main ideas: to bring the videogame language in Circopera and to make the audience interact with the artists so that they can be a part of the play, keeping the protagonism of the performers in the scene.
They want to give the audience the possibility of creating their own avatars to share the stage as virtual performers in harmony with the actual artists. “To be part of the play in a way never seen before, not just as a spectator, but as a performer, while they immerse themselves in an interactive, magical and dreamlike world.”
Get to know the Team
The team is composed of three professionals. Nell Córdova is a Filmmaker, Producer and the Creative Director at Cacao Cinema, Nelson Zambrano is an Architect, CG Artist and the CEO at Cacao Cinema, Conrado Pittari is a Visual Artist, Video Game Developer and the Technology director at Cacao Cinema.
ACADEMIC ART HACKERS
Helsinki, Finland & Zürich, Switzerland
“We make art using tech, and then we merge it with tech”. Academic Art Hackers’ creations are inspired by tech enabling novel artistic experiences so that they can achieve something unimaginable.
With this project, they want to arouse feelings of joy and surprise in the audience by making novel combinations of familiar elements of circus and opera, such as animals and visual and sound effects, combined with interaction. Their enthusiasm for artistic work completes their competence and the used technology (e.g., mocap, 3D audio) to implement the project. They are using technology for drones, which can be applied in a new context.
Get to know the team
The team is composed of 16 people: engineers, artists, designers, and other creators. Eight people are from Helsinki, Finland, and eight are from Zürich, Switzerland. The members of the team are Petri Juntunen, Marcus Korhonen, Matti Niinimäki, Sofia Pantouvaki, Krisjanis Rijnieks, Antti Ruotoistenmäki, Mikko Sams, Sebastian J. Schlecht, Martin Fröhlich, Joël Gähwiler, Christian Iseli, Roman Jurt, Max Kriegleder, Eric Larrieux, Oliver Sahli and Stella Speziali.
Valencia, Spain /
The Vitamin team is composed of artists and electrical engineers, which allows them to merge their knowledge to explore new fields and mix them to create unique artistic experiences.
Their project: MATT3R
The core of their innovation is in working in the intersection of physics, technology, and arts. MATT3R, The origin of creation, is an abstract concept that jumps between science and consciousness to focus on the whole as an ensemble and an equal. It is based on real-time visuals, reacting as independent algorithms that rule the entire experience. This means that every performance will create a whole different and unique installation. The artists on stage will be the ones transmitting the data with their movements and choreographies.
Physics, nature, digital spaces, lights, and social and cultural issues are usually the sources of their creations. They find simulations of physical phenomena inspiring, in which simple rules give rise to complexity and realistic emotions.
Get to know the team
The team has four membres, which are each artists of their domain. At Vitamin studio Laura Martínez has the role of a Production Director and an Account Manager, Ana Piquer is the Art Director and a 3D Designer, Javier Mujica is the Creative Director and one of the Co-founders of Vitamin Studio, and Pablo Álvarez is an electronic engineer, Co-founder, CEO, and Technical Director of Vitamin Studio.
Partner, Chief Operating Officer at Zoan
Laura Olin is partner and Chief Operating Officer of Zoan where she has worked since 2016. Her background is in b2b marketing & business development and journalism.
Zoan is an award-winning XR studio based in Helsinki. The global team of professionals creates real-time 3D to help companies improve their processes. Zoan is one the creators of the new XR production simulation tool, of which the prototype will be presented at the conference.
Sami Henrik Haapala
Artistic director, The Center for Everything
Sami Henrik Haapala is a producer, director, performer, anthropologist and dj. They are also a doctoral candidate in artistic research at the Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke in the University of the Arts Helsinki.
In addition to having degrees in both acting and dance they also hold a BA in Cultural Anthropology. In their doctoral research Haapala focuses on how the performer, participant and environment co-create action in immersive and game performances.
Haapala’s own works cut through theatre, dance and live art. They have created immersive, interactive and collaborative performances with a vast range of makers and institutions both from Finland and internationally. Their latest collaboration is a founding of a new political party led by an artificial intelligence – The AI Party – which is an immersive performance co-produced with independent theatre and live art companies from Finland, Sweden, Norway and Australia.
They are also the artistic director of a performing arts company The Center for Everything.
Photo: Marko Mäkinen
Mixed Reality Lead at Varjo
Marcus is a VR pioneer.
He works as Mixed Reality Lead at Varjo, and is the Co-founder of the VR company SceneThere. Marcus lead the work for Varjo’s XR-1 – the world’s first photorealistic Mixed Reality headset. He is also teaching VR/AR at Singularity University.
In 2016 he co-founded the VR company SceneThere based on the idea that anyone can create virtual worlds using a 360 camera. By using SceneThere's tools he has created interactive VR-documentaries such as "North Korea VR" which was featured in Wired, BBC, Mashable and others, and "Voices of the Favela" which was premiered at UN’s conference “Habitat 3”.
Before getting into VR Marcus worked 7 years with Nokia & Microsoft where he was leading the work for mobile cameras.
He is passionate about the way technology can help us telling a story and make us connect with each other. Ever since 1998 - when he invented a personal blogging system before the word blog existed - he has been inventing new ways to share stories, and connect with people.
Director of Digital Development at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)
Sarah Ellis is an award winning producer currently exploring new artistic initiatives as Director of Digital Development for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). She has been listed in the top 100 most influential people working in Gaming and Technology by The Hospital Club and Guardian Culture Professionals. During her time at RSC she has continued exploration into the future of theater innovation in collaborations with tech giants like Google, Magic Leap and Intel.
Sarah is an advocate for a people-centric approach whilst pushing the boundaries of theater. For example in the Tempest with Intel the experience didn’t rely on pre-recorded footage, but instead turned live performance into a digital presentation by using real-time motion and facial capture for the very first time in history.
At her work Sarah is continuously searching for new ways to amplify live experiences digitally. She and the RSC publish their explorations and lessons learned to encourage other cultural institutions to follow their footsteps.
Anna Vavilova and Joonas Laurikainen are team leads and coaches from Talk The Talk program, they will be your helping hand in mastering the project pitch on Thursday.
How often do you hear that public speaking is a natural gift and you can’t be good at it? Talk The Talk believes that public speaking is a skill and anyone can master it with the certain amount of practice, determination and guidance.
Talk The Talk is a movement with the series of open workshops and annual speaker-accelerator program in Finland. Last year we hosted the final of the program in Musiikkitalo, the biggest music hall of Helsinki. We discuss, design and practice the best techniques in friendly environment -- so that anyone can feel a bit uncomfortable but in a comfortable way
Professor Kim Vincs is Director of the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Her work spans creative technology for performance, digital scenography, VR, AR and robotics applications for motion capture technology.
She has developed interactive performance systems and virtual scenography for dance, theatre and opera over several years, creating her own works, and collaborating with companies such as Victorian Opera and Australian Dance Theatre.
Kim Vincs is a leading researcher in the creative arts, with six Australian Research Council grants, 40+ industry partnerships, and 20+ arts/science collaborations across motion capture, game development, robotics, haptics, app design, 3D stereoscopy, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, cognitive psychology, biomechanics, mathematics, architecture and exercise science. Vincs’s industry partnerships include national and International companies such as Autodesk, Motion Analysis, Act3animation, Iloura, Alt.vfx, Arts Access Victoria, Victorian Opera and Australian Dance Theatre.
She has commercial motion capture credits including the Cannes Silver Lion winning Nocturnal Migration. Kim integrates scientific, technological and artistic methodologies to deliver innovative research to digital and performing arts industries, companies and communities. Her work spans creative technology for performance, digital scenography, VR, AR and robotics applications for motion capture technology.
In 2017, she led an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional team with an ARC LIEF grant, creating an Embodied Movement Network. Vincs is an award-winning educator with expertise in collaborative, interdisciplinary curriculum design linking art, technology, science and humanities. She has two Carrick National Teaching Awards; a National Teaching Award, Arts and Humanities and Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Vincs joined the Department of Film and Animation at Swinburne in 2017 where she is a Research Director. Before joining Swinburne, she founded Deakin University’s Deakin Motion.Lab.
Pommern Dance on the Deck
Dance on the Deck celebrates s/s Pommern's 100 days round-the-world voyage back to the 1930s. The visitors get to know the crew and participate in life on board.
Dance on the Deck is an interactive video-installation capturing the joy of the crew when anchoring to London after weeks at sea. The you are welcomed to join the crew's party, but you are also required to dance in order to the party going in the 1930!
The installations uses motion tracking cameras for follow user's movements. Installation is made for Åland Maritime Museum by Radical Rabbit and Rndk Productions. Experience also running daily in Pommern, Åland. Hope you get Taisto dance too!
Peter Vesterbacka is a global entrepreneur from the Heart of Eurasia, Helsinki, Finland. Branded communities co-created and initiated by Peter include the HP Bazaar, Mobile Monday, Slush and Startup Sauna to name a few. He was the Mighty Eagle at Angry Birds for many years taking that brand to unprecedented heights.
Peter is also currently adjunct professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Tongji University, one of the leading universities in China. In 2011 Time Magazine named Peter one of the 100 most influential people on the planet.
Marcel Karnapke lives in Berlin and is developer, lecturer and co-founder of the artist collective “CyberRäuber”, which realizes new formats and applications for Virtual Reality in a theatre context.
For Cambridge University (UK) he has developed virtual museums for the dissemination of archaeological research results. This has also resulted in interactive and narrative 3D formats, such as films and virtual reality applications, through which the viewer can experience a virtual 360° experience.
In 2017, in collaboration with Schauspiel Dortmund and directed by Kay Voges, the VR play “Memories of Borderline” was created, which was shown both at the Theatertreffen Berliner Festspiele and at Ars Electronica.
His work focuses on 3D reality reconstruction in the field of architecture as well as the digitization of complete stage sets of classical theater. New is the full-body recording of performers from the field of dance and the performing arts in the form of VR holography for VR and AR applications.
Marcel is the winner of the 3D Guild Award of the International 3D Summit in Liege, Belgium and in 2017 he won the Halo Award in Gold of the VR Days in the category Best 3D VR Animation Film with “Pitoti Prometheus”.
Marcel will be one of the panelists in the Stage Arts in Virtual Reality panel on Friday at 16:00.
Nuanc3d Virtual Reality
Nuanc3d is the world’s first volumetrically captured and virtually experienced contemporary circus performance, bringing air acrobats right within the reach of the viewer. You share space with surreal characters among which you may move freely and observe the performance from different perspectives. This makes the piece a unique experience for everyone.
Three-part Nuanc3d combines circus art and virtual reality in a way which remains resonating in your body and mind. The work is a collaboration between software company Delicode and contemporary circus group Agit-Cirk.
The Ordinary Circus Girl VR
The Ordinary Circus Girl by Corinne Linder and Novelab is a sensorial experience using virtual reality headsets and live performance.
Creating a physical experience on the fine line between virtual and real.
Based on a real event that Corinne underwent, the narrative blends real life with fiction. Inspired by a fall that forced her to rethink her career as a circus artist, the viewer is invited to follow a narrator Anna from the backstage to the stage itself.
It is a journey where you as viewers become part of a troupe of aerial artists. Inviting the audience to discover both physical and emotional parts of the world of contemporary circus. A place where everything seems possible, and fore mostly a practice where the fear of falling is always present.
Hold On - Nomadic VR
HA visual experience in virtual reality about contemporary circus.
Based on Corinne Linder's life experiences, the Hold On VR experience transports viewers-users into the world of contemporary circus and the aerial disciplines. A opportunity to discover the different sensations usually experienced by artists on stage: the notion of risk, joy, adrenaline or danger.
This experience is based on the fragility of the moment. A moment when the fall seems inevitable, and which, when it occurs, suspends forever the grace of the moment.
Ethan Edwards is a Researcher with the Experiments in Art and Technology Program at Nokia Bell Labs. He coordinates large-scale collaborations between artists and engineers and works to find new forms of human communication.
Technological art thrives when many individual specialities and systems work together. Immersive installations require sound, visual, cameras, IOT sensors, and any number of interactive systems to communicate and share data in real time. At the Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology program, Ethan has been part of building many performances and installations which rely on different varieties of networking technology in a number of different presentation contexts.
Ethan Edwards will share best practices for tying novel systems together, present E.A.T.'s work in this field including new Bell Labs inventions, and explore the future of large-scale artworks which rely on our networks.
Rob Morgan is a game writer, digital dramaturge, and co-founder and Creative Director of immersive AR studio Playlines. Rob was Lead Game Writer and Voice Director on the groundbreaking PS3 AR titles 'Wonderbook: Book of Spells' and 'Book of Potions', written in collaboration with J.K. Rowling, and he wrote and voice-directed 'A Fisherman'sTale' from InnerspaceVR.
Rob has worked on numerous VR/AR projects including writing ‘Firebird: The Unfinished' (VR) (premiered Tribeca 2018) and the 2017 HoloLens project 'SlushPolis Story' (Future of Storytelling Prize-winner 2017), has written premium content for the critically-acclaimed 'Fallen London', and was Content Editor for the multi-award-winning '80 Days'.
Rob is a passionate pioneer of immersive narrative. He directed Playlines' interactive installations at London's iconic Roundhouse and #FutureFest 2016, and co-created and directed the location-based immersive AR Grime experience 'CONSEQUENCES' (FoST Prize Finalist 2018) in collaboration with multi-award-winning UK rapper Harry Shotta.
Callie Holderman is a producer forging opportunities for storytellers to use
immersive technology in their work.
She is the Senior Manager of Developer Experience at Magic Leap, bringing mixed-reality content to market for Rovio, Funomena, ILMxLAB, Weta
Workshop, Wayfair and more.
Outside of her role at Magic Leap, Callie serves on the Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality Committee for ACM SIGGRAPH, where she has curated innovative AR/VR/MR content, produced media segments, and provided operational support for over a decade.
She champions sustainable artistic opportunity. As an owner and visionary
of Endgames Improv’s new theater space in San Francisco’s Mission District, she grants artists a permanent residence to collaborate. As an improviser, she performed with PlaySFMOMA. Her productions and performances have been staged in venues in New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Miami.
Callie holds firm that successful interactive technologies serve to deepen human connection and seeks opportunity to collaborate towards that goal.