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28 leading figures from the world of digital art to visit Recto VRso exhibition in Laval

By Fabien Fabbula on 14 March 2019

For the second consecutive year, the Institut français and Laval Virtual invite a delegation of twenty-eight international professionals to France the week of the major virtual reality show. It is a perfect opportunity for these exhibition programmers and curators to visit the Recto VRso exhibition and discover the 64 works presented.

This programme ‘ Focus réalités immersives ’ (Focus on Immersive Reality), initiated by the Institut français, will take place from 18th to 22nd March 2019 in Laval and Paris, and aims to highlight French creation and know-how in the field of virtual reality, to open up new markets to French stakeholders and to develop international partnerships. This initiative was very well received last year and has already enabled many French people to exhibit abroad.

Participants this year include:

SOUTH AFRICA Caitlin ROBINSON,  Producer at Electric South, a hub devoted to immersive African content. She has worked on award-winning content such as ZERO DAYS VR (Sundance, Tribeca 2017).

ARGENTINA – Ignacio DIMATTIA – Director of NEO Media Lab, National University of Tres de Febrero Universidad (UNTREF). The NEO Media Lab is a space for research, innovation and production around transmedia, mixed, augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence and database journalism.

GERMANY – Thorsten S. WIEDEMANN – Founder and director of A MAZE festival since 2006, a trailblazing Berlin festival in the field of video games, where art and technology meet.

BRAZIL – Roberto GUIMARAES – Director of cultural programmes at Oi Futuro, institute of innovation and creativity of the Brazilian leader in telecommunications Oi, a benchmark in the field of digital arts, science and technology. He is also director of the Telecommunications Museum and of LabSonica, a laboratory for acoustic and musical experiments.

QUEBEC – Monique SAVOIE – Director of the Society for Arts and Technology in Montreal, centre for artists, research and training specialised in immersive technology, virtual reality and creative use of very high-speed networks.

CANADA – Dan BURGAR – Chairman of the VR/AR Association in British Columbia. The aim of this international organisation is to promote international partnerships between companies and immersive reality talent.

CHILE – Juan Pablo FERNANDEZ – Executive producer and programmer of Santiago International Documentary Festival (FIDOCS). Founded by Patricio Guzman this is one of the largest documentary festivals in Latin America, and is now extending to immersive documentary content.

COLOMBIA – Mia RODRIGUEZ SARMIENTO – Engineer, member of the new media department of Proimagénes. She manages the Mixed Fund for film development at Proimágenes, a support organisation for cinema and audiovisual in Columbia. She is a senior consultant in Creative Industries within the United Nations Development Programme – UNDP, and is head of the NEWMEDIA programme supporting virtual reality projects.

KOREA – Soh Yeong ROH – Director and founder of Nabi Art Centre, she has worked at the junction between art and technology for twenty years. The centre accommodates exhibitions, artist residencies and educates in new media.

SPAIN – Lluís NACENTA – Director of Hangar in Barcelona, a centre for research and arts production. Luis Naceta is an exhibition curator, specialised in experimental music and sound art.

SPAIN – Jose Luis DE VICENTE – Curator for Sonar + D, digital and creative technology arm of the Sonar Festival in Barcelona. He is also a curator for other festivals including the 2019 edition of Llum BCN, Barcelona’s festival of light.

UNITED STATES – Savannah NILES – head of product strategy at Magic Leap, one of the leading companies in augmented reality technologies and manufacturer of mixed reality headsets. The company also offers funding and support programmes for creators. Savannah Niles is also a designer, artist and researcher based in Miami. (22/03/19 only)

HONG-KONG – Ulanda BLAIR – Curator at Moving Image M+, a museum devoted to visual culture opening in Hong Kong in 2020. Previously she was curator of the Australian Center for the Moving Image in Melbourne.

MOROCCO – Majid SEDDATI – Researcher, professor, programmer and director of the Casablanca Video Art Festival. He is also a founding member of Irisson, a centre for visual arts and new media in Casablanca, artistic advisor of the training course and digital arts production ‘Interactions’ initiated by Attijariwafa Bank, he has curated several video and digital art exhibitions.

NEW ZELANDE – Harry SILVER – Coordinator of COLAB at the Auckland University of Technology. COLAB is a laboratory for innovation and creativity bringing together digital media, IT, design, artistic creation and entrepreneurship.

THE NETHERLANDS – Doede HOLTKAMP – Director of partnerships at VR Days, one of the largest European events devoted to immersive reality that takes place in Amsterdam. It is behind several initiatives such as the matchmaking event between investors and start-ups XRBASE Investor Event, and the EUVR Meetup Summit.

RUSSIA – Gueorgui MOLODTSOV – Programmer and director, specialised in 360 production and VR, he also organises VR events to complement film festivals. He is behind ‘Russian VR Seasons’ and is also curator for many festivals in Europe such as the VR Sci Fest in Sweden, Open Frame Award at the GoEast Film Festival in Germany, and the VR programme for the 39th Moscow International Film Festival.

TAIWAN – Tommy CHANG – Directeur technique – HTC VR Content Center. HTC was one of the first manufacturers of virtual reality headsets and now supports the development of creative content in virtual reality.

TAIWAN – Grace LEE – VR programmer for Kaohsiung Film Archive. Before working on the programme for the Kaohsiung Festival, Grace Lee produced many short films awarded in major international selections. At Kaohsiung Film Archive she also develops international co-production projects.

THAILAND – Tidarat (Ann) THANAPAKPAWIN – Chairwoman of the Thai Game Software Industry Association, gathering representatives from Thai video game studios –prioritising immersive realities– with the aim to make Thailand a ‘hub’ for the industry in South-East Asia. She is also manager of the video game studio Novaleaf in Bangkok. In addition to her involvement in the private sector, she is a member of the Ministry of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce commission ‘Creative Digital Media’.

Focus is held at Laval from 20 th – 21 st March 2019. This programme is organised by the Institut français in partnership with Laval Virtual, Forum des images, Centquatre, Paris, the Gaîté Lyrique and Uni-XR. Contact: Hannah Loué hannah.loue@institutfrancais.com
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