Art+ Tech+ feat. Violeta Ayala "Public Encounters: Using Emergent Technologies to Build New Communities"
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About the Event
As art and technology become more and more intertwined, many contemporary artists are adopting new types of media to create their work. From immersive storytelling, projection mapping, to generative animation, artists are using rapidly developing technologies to push the boundaries of their practices.
Save the date for a new series of virtual talks that combine an artist talk with a technical demonstration. Curated by VMA professors Rashin Fahandej and Leonie Bradbury, this event is presented by Emerson Contemporary and supported by the Department of Visual and Media Arts and the School of the Arts.
Chapter I: Public Encounters: Using Emergent Technologies to Build New Communities (Spring 2021)
In part 1 of this 3-part public programming series, Pierre Friquet, Violeta Ayala and Pamela Hersch share how they use emergent technologies to build and connect new communities online and in person.
Wednesday, March 17, 6-8 pm Join artist, writer, and film director Violeta Ayala as she discusses the making of “Prison X: The Devil and The Sun,” an immersive ‘play’ staged in VR created using the 3-D painting technology Tilt Brush. Set in Bolivia’s San Sebastian prison, “Prison X: The Devil and The Sun” immerses participants into the social dynamics of the prison while simultaneously placing them in a world of Incan and Quechan mythology.
Violeta Ayala is a Quechua filmmaker, writer, artist and technologist best known for directing the award-winning documentaries Cocaine Prison (2017), The Fight (2017), The Bolivian Case (2015) and Stolen (2009). Her films have premiered at A-List film festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, distributed in cinemas (France, Colombia & Bolivia), broadcasters (PBS, Channel 8, Señal Colombia, Ibermedia, etc) and online platforms (Amazon Prime and The Guardian). She was also one of nine New Media creators selected for CPH Lab in Copenhagen, and was invited to MIT for a workshop on XR.
Photo credit: Dan Fallshaw & United Notions film