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Learn how to tell stories in amazing ways with Virtual & Augmented Reality.
World class presenters | Inspirational expo | Hands-on demos
Noosa, 11 November 2017

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Important Reserve your space now. The event is limited to 100 tickets for Sunshine Coast

Immerse 2017

Learn, connect and be inspired

On Saturday 11th November, over a hundred of the Sunshine Coast's talented creatives will come together at the fantastic Learning Hub to learn about, and try for themselves, an exciting new immersive medium through which they can tell their stories.

A morning of inspiring presentations

Attendees will enjoy a morning of talks from world class creatives who will show us how they are using immersive technologies like Virtual and Augmented Reality to tell stories in amazing new ways. Our presenters will cover visual arts, installations, live performance, film & tv, sound and music.

Our panel of industry leader will inform artists about the wide range of exciting new career opportunities in immersive storytelling that are now open to people who can extend their talents into this medium.

An afternoon expo of Immersive art & masterclasses

After a catered lunch, each of our presenters and local 3D artists will treat you to an exhibition of their incredible work and take you through their creative process, the tools they use and how you can get started with this medium.

Try out VR art for yourself

At our VR experience zones, you will get to experience for yourself the new Virtual Reality tools that allow you to paint, sculpt and animate 3D creations in magical ways that feel entirely natural and are easy to learn. You'll also be able to explore the experiences that our presenters have created through Mixed and Augmented Reality.

Network with presenters and fellow creatives

To close out the day, connect with presenters, special guests and local 3D Artists, who will show you the projects they are working on and give you advice on how you can get extend your craft into this medium.

Date

November 11th, 2017

Location

The Learning Hub
St Andrew's Anglican College
Peregian Springs

Time

Registration 9am
Starts 9:30am
Ends 5:30pm

Produced by

createNoosa
Noosa Council
Noosa Council

The Program

Time Session Description
9:00 Registration Please have ticket receipts available on your phone for scanning at the registration desk. Attendees will all be given name badges and tag indicating artist/creative discipline to facilitate networking. The event starts at 9:30am sharp.
9:30 Welcome to Country Brent Miller, representative of the Kabi Kabi People - traditional owners and custodians of the local area - will share with us the importance of storytelling to Aboriginal Culture and how it links people and earth.
9:45 Welcome to Immerse 2017 Deidre Marczynski
Chris Boden
10:00 The Art of Immersive Storytelling
Stu Campbell (SUTU)
Stu will tell us about a new generation of VR art tools and how he is using a them to tell stories through his ground-breaking paintings, illustrations, comics and exhibitions.
10:30 Immersive Possibilities
Jaymis Loveday
Jaymis will bring us up to speed on the state of the art for how Immersive technologies like virtual and mixed reality can be used in visual and performance art & media to tell stories in totally new ways.
11:00 Immersive Performances
Dr Sarah Jane Pell
Sarah will share with us her experience of using virtual and mixed reality in live performance and the creative possibilities now enabled by this technology.
11:30 Panel - Immersive Filmmaking
Darren Vukasinovic
Charles Henden
Linda Aronson
Moderator: J'aimee Skippon-Volke
The panel will tell us how immersive technology changes the game for filmmakers and how they can use its unique features to create compelling stories that wow audiences.
12:15 Immersive Sound
Leah Barclay
Leah will speak about a decade of explorations in locative audio and introduce the future possibilities of 3D sound in immersive storytelling.
12:40 Lunch In a world first, local musician, Andre Butterworth (aka Copycatt), will perform a set of his tracks produced and played live in VR.
13:30 Panel - Commercial Opportunities for Immersive Storytellers
Katryna Starks
Priscilla Harris
Karen Sanders
Moderator: Jim Picton
Panelists will tell us how immersive storytelling can be applied in commercial contexts and the growing demand for these skills coming from industry
14:15 Pathway to Immersive Skills
Deb Polson
Deb will advise creatives and artists about the learning pathways they can follow to develop the skills for building immersive storytelling into their practice.
14:45 Expo Demo's
Masterclasses
Hands on Experiences
17:30 Event ends
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Meet The Presenters

A world class group of artists pushing the boundaries of what's possible in VR, AR and 3D.

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Sutu

Immersive Artist

Sutu is an illustrator, interactive designer, writer and one of the world's leading exponents of Immersive art. He is well known for "Nawlz", his interactive comic book series and "Prosthetic Reality", the augmented reality exhibition that he currently has touring around the world. He has also adapted traditional Australian Aboriginal stories into interactive iPad storybooks and created NEOMAD interactive comic, a space opera set in the Aussie outback. Sutu will tell us about a new generation of VR art tools and how he is using a them to tell stories through his ground-breaking paintings, illustrations, comics and exhibitions.

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Dr Sarah Jane Pell

Experimental Artist

Dr Sarah Jane Pell is an Australia Council Fellow in Emerging and Experimental Arts. With a research-in-performance approach, she produces novel experiments, prototypes, live art and films, and contributes to speculative design, exploration science, publication and outreach. Sarah will share with us her experience of using virtual and mixed reality in live performance and the creative possibilities now enabled by this technology.

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Dr Leah Barclay

Sound Artist

Dr. Leah Barclay is a sound artist and researcher working at the intersection of art, science and technology. She specialises in spatial audio for immersive installations and performances and leads research in augmented reality at Griffith University. Her work has been commissioned, performed and exhibited to wide acclaim internationally by the Smithsonian Museum, UNESCO, Ear to the Earth, Al Gore’s Climate Reality and the IUCN. Her augmented reality sound installations have been presented around the world from Times Square in New York City to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Leah will speak about a decade of explorations in locative audio and introduce the future possibilities of 3D sound in immersive storytelling.

Jaymis Loveday

Technology Artist and Video Director

Whether it's hacking together autonomous robotic cameras or light-painting drones, Jaymis' is recognised as an artist who is probing the end zones of the VR possibility space. An in-demand director for music videos and ads, Jaymis combines technology and artistic practice in ways they were never intended and the results are generally groundbreaking. Jaymis will bring us up to speed on the state of the art for how Immersive technologies like virtual and mixed reality can be used in visual and performance art & media to tell stories in totally new ways.

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Priscilla Harris

Head of VR at HTC Vive (Aus/NZ)

Priscilla is head of Virtual Reality for HTC Australia/New Zealand where she focuses on educating, inspiring and creating awareness of Virtual Reality and how this can change and enhance how we do things in the future. VIVE is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality platform developed by HTC and Valve for total immersion in virtual worlds. Designed from the ground up for room-scale VR and true-to-life interactions, VIVE delivers on the promise of VR with game-changing technology and best-in-class content. Priscilla will tell us about the growth of VR as a medium and where she sees opportunities for artists to create new experiences.

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Katryna Starks

Faculty of Serious Games, University of The Sunshine Coast

Katryna is a lecturer and researcher at the University of The Sunshine Coast, teaching Australia's first and only Bachelor of Serious Games Design program. Katryna designed the Interactive Narrative course and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and has a research focus on how video games can foster health-promoting behaviors in adolescent and young adult females. Katryna will help attendees understand the potential for narrative development in Immersive Storytelling and the skills development pathways available to artists and creatives.

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Karen Sanders

Co-founder Real Serious Games

With 20 years of experience as a technical specialist in the construction industry, Karen co-founded Real Serious Games, assisting large infrastructure and training providers to build confidence in the delivery of major projects through Virtual Reality education and training facilities. Karen will tell us about the demand coming from enterprises for Immersive simulations and the kinds of storytelling skills that Real Serious Games and others are hiring for in the industry.

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Dr Deb Polson

Senior Lecturer, School of Design, QUT

For over 20 years Deb Polson has been collaborating with scientists and artists to create hybrid worlds that allow audiences to play and experiment with future scenarios. Deb runs the VR Lab at QUT to mentor students, artists, writers, film makers and organisations who are keen to adopt techniques used by game designers to expand their creative inventory and energise their professional practices. Deb will give advice to creatives and artists about the learning pathways they can follow to develop the skills required to build Immersive Storytelling into their practice.

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Charles Henden

Immersive Technologist & Studio Founder

Charles Henden has been a software engineer and lead programmer in the entertainment industry for over ten years contributing to a diverse range of video game titles from movie licensed party games, through AAA franchise shooters and next gen sports simulations. Charles recently founded VISITOR, a studio that invites you to explore creative offerings in performance art, storytelling, organisational intelligence and automated cinematography. Through his collaboration with Sutu, he has received a Sundance fellowship for explorations in the VR storytelling space. Charles will tell us how storytellers can blend the disciplines of film, game development, live performance and animation to create new immersive art forms.

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Darren Vukasinovic

VR Filmmaker, Writer/Director

Darren is the creative force behind Melbourne VR film studio Ignition Immersive. Drawing on over 20 years of experience in filmmaking and tech-driven startups, he is perfectly positioned for the convergence of filmmaking and technology that VR presents. His studio is forged by the potential of VR, AR and MR as incredibly powerful tools that offer filmmakers new ways to construct narrative and tell their stories, audiences new ways to experience and interact with these stories, and ushers in a new era of platforms and technologies that will fundamentally change the economies around both creativity and consumption. Darren will tell us how Australia has the chance to be a leader in Immersive Storytelling and how artists can tap into that opportunity.

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Linda Aronson

Scriptwriter, Novelist and Playwright

Linda Aronson is a multi-award winning scriptwriter and international screenwriting guru regarded as the leading expert on how to write nonlinear and multiplot film and TV scripts. Now writing her own VR films incorporating multiple nonlinear storylines, these days she’s frequently invited internationally to speak to film industry professionals about the future of writing for the screen and on the melding of games, VR and feature film. Most recently she spoke in Austria, Sweden, Denmark and the London Screenwriters’ Festival where she explained how multiple heroes and fractured narratives can be used to create powerful films in Virtual Reality. She is currently co-directing her latest VF film script, The Cardboard Box, which involves eight interwoven nonlinear storylines, with Darren Vukasinovic and his Ignition Immersive VR team. Linda will shortly be leaving for Paris since her most recent VR film script, Ransom, has just been shortlisted in the global Virtelio VR film script competition, organized by Luxembourg Film Fund and to be revealed at the Paris Courts Devant VR Festival. Linda will tell us how VR changes the game for writers and how they can use its unique features to create complex and compelling storylines that wow audiences.

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J'aimee Skippon-Volke

Filmmaker, Curator and Byron Bay Film Festival Director

Now producing VFX, VR and events J’aimee started in Film/TV Production, in 1999 she helped establish GreenhouseFX 3D|VR – a company specialising in immersive content whilst awaiting VR’s 2nd wave. As Director of the Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF) J’aimee has a reputation for cutting-edge curation and developing of rich and diverse programmes of entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking films, VR experiences and events which provide more meaningful screen-culture experience. She has recently established Collective Reality, bringing together some of the Australia’s finest VR talent to work on projects which use VR/MR to enhance the human experience. J’aimee has curated a VR Session at the Cannes Film Festival and is passionate about ensuring that first-time VR audiences are exposed to quality content which leaves them hungry for more. J'aimee will tell us about what's happening at the cutting edge of VR filmmaking across the globe and what opportunities there are for local fimmakers.

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Dive into the Expo

VR Art Masterclasses, Immersive Experiences & Hands-On Demos

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VR Art Masterclass with SUTU
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VR Filmmaking with Darren Vukasinovic
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VR Artmaking with Noosa Library
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Empathy experiences with VISITOR
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An immersive audio trip with Dr Leah Barclay
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The Vive Demo Zone with HTC
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VR Portraiture class with Adam Baker
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VR Art in the Classroom with St Andrew's
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VR Simulations with Real Serious Games
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Animate in VR with CreateNoosa
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Simulated Street Art with Kingspray
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VR Music Production - Andre Butterworth

Your ticket to a day of Immersive Inspiration

Create Noosa is a not-for-profit organisation. Ticket proceeds go to covering the costs of our fantastic guest artists and the delicious lunch on offer.

I was lucky enough to attend CreateNoosa's VR Art Event for school students in June 2017 and it was amazing. This event promises to be even better.

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Adam B
Noosa Artist

Tickets

$22 LIMITED PLACES
  • Delicious lunch
  • World class presenters
  • Interactive demonstrations
  • Try out VR art for yourself
Ticket Booking
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The Venue

The Learning Hub at St. Andrew's Anglican College,
Peregian Springs.

A state of the art venue for Learning, Arts and Technology.

The Learning Hub
St. Andrew's Anglican College
40 Peregian Springs Drive
Peregian Springs, QLD 4573

Map & Directions

Venue opens for registration at 9:00am
Conference begins 9:30am sharp

Immerse 2017 is produced by:


createNoosa Noosa Council Noosa Council

Proudly supported by:

St Andrews Institute of Learning CQ University HTC Vive HTC Vive BeachCity

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government, Noosa Council and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in Regional Queensland.