Since the end of the 19th century, the visual arts, and more specifically that of moving images, has been driven by technology. What began as a mere technical tool quickly blossomed into the dominant art form of the 20th century.
Now, well into the 21st century, the new technologies of XR - virtual, augmented, and mixed realities - hail a new era wherein artists, researchers, and activists work hand in hand to develop a medium that blends traditional visual storytelling with hard cognitive science. A filmmaker must understand the workings of human emotion, but an XR creator must understand both storytelling and how the brain functions.
XR represents a new renaissance in art, where technology and expression are interwoven, and if it can be fully embraced by creators and programmers alike, it will represent a truly new frontier in how we communicate.
Neal will speak about the opportunities and the pitfalls of these new technologies from the perspective of both research and artistic expression.