All Conference sessions are located at Lot Fourteen Lecture Theatre, Eleanor Harrald building, Frome Rd, Adelaide. Morning and afternoon tea is provided, lunch not provided. Day One — Wednesday 19th Feb — 08.30 Registrations open at Lot Fourteen Lecture live digital Aerial in The Tempest. Now, as part of the Theatre to collect: ambitious Audience of the Future programme they are • Lanyard for entry to conference; working with tech companies such as Magic Leap to • Details on social and networking events; design the theatre experiences of tomorrow. Speaker: • Tickets for Yabarra - Dreaming In Light. Sarah Ellis, Director of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon 09.10 Greeting from Karl ‘Winda’ Telfer 12.30 - 13.45 LUNCH BREAK 09.15 Welcome from Hon David Pisoni MP, PROGRAM Minister for Innovation and Skills THE ART OF IMMERSION WORLD BUILDING 13.45 - 14.25 Marshmallow Laser Feast — Scientific Hallucinations 09.30 – 10.00 Barnaby is taking a close look into the collective’s Yabarra: Dreaming In Light artistic practice, an inquiry into the nature of nature, Karl ‘Winda’ Telfer of Yellaka - Old Wisdom – New a space where science and spiritual practice fuse Ways and Justin Wight of Monkeystack share ways of through technology that tickles the senses. Combining understanding how ancient oral traditional storytelling architectural tools, contemporary imaging techniques and immersive technologies can come together in a and performance with tactile forms, Marshmallow Laser respectful way to share and connect with contemporary Feast sculpts spaces that lay dormant until animated audiences across the generations. We have all been by playful investigation. Speaker: Barnaby Steel, invited to experience Yabarra - Dreaming in Light, a Marshmallow Laser Feast, London journey we can all begin together at the end of today’s conference. Speakers: Karl ‘Winda’ Telfer and Justin 14.25 - 14.50 Wight, Monkey Stack, Adelaide Generating Possibility: Immersion As A Futures Method 10.00 – 10.40 Immersive experiences give audiences a chance to step Ubisoft — Creators Of Worlds away from the current normality into a different possibility, Ubisoft are creators of worlds, rich and diverse, which if just for a moment. As a futurist designing experiences people can enter through various doors. Starting with for young adults at MOD. at UniSA, Kristin is interested the massive game series Assassin’s Creed, they in immersion as a method for foresight, reflecting on have extended that world through books, movies, TV how different approaches might inspire and guide young series, park attractions, location-based VR and now live adults in navigating uncertain futures. Speaker: Kristin entertainment. Speaker: Hinde Daoui, Ubisoft, Paris Alford, MOD, Adelaide 10.40 – 11.10 MORNING TEA 14.50 - 15.20 Digital Art In The Era Of Interactivity 11.10 – 11.50 Allegra Shorto focuses on establishing Virtual Reality Weta Workshop — Building New Game Worlds as a widely applied medium within the arts, through In the hands of Greg Broadmore, the imaginary collaborations with artists and institutions working with becomes reality. As Game Director at Academy new digital technologies. Speaker: Allegra Shorto, Khora Award®-winning Weta Workshop and Founder of the Creative, Copenhagen company’s game studio, Greg’s artistic visions have been brought to life with Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders on 15.20 to 15.50 AFTERNOON TEA the Magic Leap One. This Spatial Computing device propels you into a whole new territory of immersive 15.50 - 16.20 games and is set to change the way we experience Extended Reality Storytelling entertainment. Speaker: Greg Broadmore, Weta MAKROPOL is an award-winning studio working in the Workshop, Game Director, Writer, Artist; Wellington intersection of cinema, technology, live performance and installation. Mads, the founder of MAKROPOL, will 11.50 – 12.30 discuss his exploration of embodied cinema, creative Royal Shakespeare Company — use of technology in storytelling, insisting to be a cross- All The World’s A Stage medial studio and how his vision for how the future of The RSC pioneered the use of motion capture in live art and cinema is taking form. Speaker: Mads Damsbo, theatre working with The Imaginarium to create a Makropol, Copenhagen 16.20 - 16.50 17.15 - 17.30 From DJ Culture To Experience Design Delegates and speakers are invited to take a short Colin Nightingale will talk about how an initial love walk to Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, of music and DJ culture took him on a journey, 253 Grenfell St, Adelaide from becoming a core member of the pioneering, multi award winning theatre company Punchdrunk 17.30 - 18.30 in the early 2000s, to his current independent proj- EXPERIENCE: Yabarra — Dreaming In Light; Tandanya ects integrating new audio and visual technology to Free to all conference pass-holders: create unique experiences such as Beyond the Road We invite you to journey with us along an immersive (Saatchi Gallery, London Summer 2019). Speaker: dreaming track to experience story of creation and Colin Nightingale, Creative Producer, London country. Commissioned and Co-Produced: Adelaide Fringe; Karl Telfer, Cultural and Creative Producer; with 16.50 - 17.15 special thanks to Justin Wight, Monkeystack; Leko PERFORMANCE: A Machine For Viewing Novakovic, Novatech A Machine for Viewing is a unique hybrid of real-time VR experience, live performance, and documentary that 18.30 - 20.00 explores how we now watch films by putting cinema and Free to all conference pass holders: Opening Drinks VR – an old machine for viewing and a new one – face to at Fringe Club, Roxie’s, 188 Grenfell St, Adelaide. face. Creator / Narrator: Oscar Raby VRTOV, Melbourne; Performer: Vassiliki Khonsari Day Two — Thursday 20th Feb — 08.30 Registration open at Lot Fourteen Lecture DISTRIBUTING AND EXHIBITING PROGRAM Theatre IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES 11.15 – 11.35 PRODUCING IMMERSIVE How A VR Documentary Became Box-Office Gold EXPERIENCES Briege’s The Antarctica Experience is the most Pioneers of immersive storytelling share their experience successful VR experience in the world, currently sitting as producers in an emerging medium. in the top 15 of all-time documentaries at the box office in Australia. What is the secret of her success? Speaker: 09.15 – 09.45 Briege Whitehead, Whitespark Pictures, Perth Ink Stories: Game On — From Resident Evil To Trump’s America 11.35 – 12.30 As we usher in the new frontier of immersive arts, how Panel On Distribution And Exhibition Of Immersive do we foster an equitable future for the overall industry? Work By advocating on behalf of artists, writers, producers and One of the big questions with immersive experiences projects. Khonsari will look at the nuts and bolts of the is how to reach audiences at scale? Hear from some opportunities and realities of co-creation, partnerships of the people who are distributing and exhibiting and cross-platform ecosystems. Speaker: Vassiliki immersive work successfully. Moderator: Kristin Alford, Khonsari, Ink Stories, Brooklyn MOD, Adelaide. Speakers: Camille Lopato, Diversion, Paris; Catherine Allen, Limina Immersive, Bristol; Katrina 09.45 – 10.15 Sedgwick, ACMI, Melbourne Atlas V: Putting The Artists First One of the world’s most prominent immersive production 12.30 – 13.45 LUNCH BREAK companies, Atlas V brings a new approach to audience engagement by leveraging new technologies, unique visual aesthetics, and immersive design. Deeply engaged WHERE IS IMMERSIVE TECH in a community of creative technologists, Atlas V works to TAKING US? identify and foster independent artists who are innovating the art and form of storytelling. Take a deep dive into the 13.45 – 14.25 encounters and artistic visions that made projects like Industrial Light And Magic — How Breakthroughs In Battlescar, Gloomy Eyes and Spheres possible and get Vr Helped Create The Movie-Set Of The Future a first look at the worlds currently being built by Atlas V’s Luke will show us how Industrial Light and Magic are teams. Speaker: Fred Volhuer, Atlas V, Paris creating new worlds in entertainment by using real-time technology developed for location-based experiences 10.15 – 10.45 such as Star Wars VR: Secrets of the The Empire for Room To Play The Void, to create an interactive, responsive, digital set From working in the AFL and construction, to projects for film and TV production. Speaker: Luke Hetherington, featured at Sundance and the Venice Biennale, Anton Industrial Light and Magic, Singapore will put forward a case for the advantages of being in Adelaide, and the importance of being contrarian in a 14.25 – 14.50 world that is constantly looking for ‘the next big thing’. MIT — Towards An Ecologically-Centred Design Speaker: Anton Andreacchio, Adelaide For Smart Cities And Communities MIT Data scientists have devised a metric that captures 10.45 – 11.15 MORNING TEA the hidden income inequality in cafes, restaurants, and other places in cities: The Atlas of Inequality. But what do new methods of measurement like this mean for 16.20 - 16.50 creating more sustainable societies? Come learn about PERFORMANCE: Kaspar — Can An AI Help Create Art? the Atlas, explore design principles to create healthier Kaspar examines the potential role of the machine in ecologies in communities and cities, and be a part of a documentary film montage. We will experience how an AI new pilot study on diversity in the arts being run at Fringe. engine edits a film in continuous real-time from rushes of Speaker: Dan Calacci, MIT Living Lab, Boston an unfinished documentary by Oscar-nominated director James Longley. We will discuss the ethical considerations 14.50 - 15.20 AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK and the future for man/machine collaborations. Speaker: Mads Damsbo, Makropol, Copenhagen AI & ETHICS 16.50 - 17.20 DISCUSSION — AI & Ethics 15.20 - 15.50 Speakers: Francesca Panetta, MIT; Kylie Boltin, SBS; MIT: How To Spot Deepfakes Mads Damsbo, Makropol In July 1969, much of the world celebrated the “giant leap for mankind” of the successful moon landing. 17.20 - 18.00 Fifty years later, nothing is quite so straightforward. Building Protopian Worlds In Event of Moon Disaster illustrates the possibilities Those who control the fantasy, control the future. of deepfake technologies by reimagining this seminal A futurist with an artist’s eye and an inventor’s mind, event. What if the Apollo 11 mission had gone wrong Monika Bielskyte prototypes culturally diverse, socially and the astronauts had not been able to return home? and environmentally engaged future world designs for A contingency speech for this possibility was prepared, the entertainment industry, technology companies, but never delivered, by President Nixon – until now. and cities/countries. She calls for a new framework for Francesca Panetta explains how this immersive art shaping the future: protopia. An approach involving project uses this alternative history to ask us to consider plurality, community narrative, evolution of values, and a how new technologies can bend, redirect and obfuscate celebration of life. Speaker: Monika Bielskyte, Lithuania the truth around us. Speaker: Francesca Panetta, MIT Open Documentary Lab, Boston 18.00 - 18.15 PROGRAM Join us as we cross the road to the Great Hall of the 15.50 - 16.20 Masonic Lodge to experience the VR Programme of SBS: Ethics, Diversity And Tech Electric Dreams Ravi and Emma is a new interactive documentary (WIP) that uses AI to recognise select Auslan signs. Meet the 18.15 - 20.00 makers of this world-first project as they unpack their Gloomy Eyes; VR Cinema; Fire Escape process of collaboration with community, development Join us for a special delegates-only presentation of and computer modelling. Speakers: Kylie Boltin, SBS, Electric Dreams VR Experiences at Adelaide Fringe. Sydney; Ramkumar Shankar, SBS, Sydney; Adel Foda, Masonic Lodge, 254 North Tce, Adelaide. Silverpond, Melbourne Day Three — Friday 21st Feb — MEETINGS, WORKSHOPS, and institutions need to increase investment and support TECH TALKS, PANELS to prevent us falling behind? To explore this, Australian Climate Change Showcase; one-on-one meetings creators will bring their most pressing questions to and tech talks. a panel of local and international experts, with a goal towards imagining a new future of funding. 09.30 Welcome from Jim Whalley, Chief Entrepreneur, Office of the South Australian Chief Entrepreneur 13.00 - 14.15 LUNCH 09.45 - 11.00 14.15 - 17.00 Electric Dreams Development Showcase MIT OPEN MUSIC WORKSHOP - Protecting Artists’ Climate Change Showcase at Electric Dreams Rights on the Blockchain A presentation of seven in-development Australian Presentation and demo on the MIT Raidar music and international projects from across the immer- metadata project. Speaker Justin Anderson, MIT Open sive storytelling spectrum on the subject of climate Music Workshop, Boston. change to be assessed by a panel of international experts. The showcase will be streamed online to TECH TALKS — Ten-minute presentations of new Kaleidoscope’s international network of funders, technologies or projects using technology in novel ways. buyers, festivals and distributors. MEETINGS — Throughout conference days one and two, delegates will be able to use digital networking tool Brella 11.00 - 11.30 MORNING TEA to connect to speakers and entrepreneurs in order to make individual meetings on day 3. 11.30 - 13.00 DEMOS — Experience some of the tech that has been PANEL: Question Time — Funding Immersive, talked about in conference sessions, such as Magic Leap in collaboration with AIDC (Australian International and The Atlas of Inequality. Documentary Conference). Australian creators have made waves internationally, often punching far above 19.00 - 22.00 their weight. But, with ever-evolving technologies in a Free to all conference pass holders: Closing Party at globally competitive space, will Australian organisations Fringe Club, Chateau Apollo, 74 Frome St, Adelaide. Greg Broadmore — WETA GAMESHOP Katrina Sedgwick — ACMI Greg Broadmore is a concept designer, artist, writer and Katrina has been Director/CEO of ACMI (the Australian sculptor based in Wellington, New Zealand. He is the Centre for the Moving Image) since 2015, where she creator of Dr Grordbort’s Invaders, and has worked as a is leading a vision for a $40m transformation for the designer, artist and writer at The Lord of the Rings film museum, due to reopen mid-2020. franchise with director Peter Jackson’s award-winning special effects and prop company, Weta Workshop. Fred Volhuer — ATLAS V Deeply engaged in a community of creative technologists, Sarah Ellis — ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY ATLAS V works to identify and foster independent artists Sarah Ellis is an award-winning producer currently who are innovating the art and form of storytelling. working as Director of Digital Development for the Royal Fred’s work exemplifies the expanding bridge between Shakespeare Company to explore new artistic initiatives storytelling and technology. and partnerships. Kylie Boltin — SBS Monika Bielskyte As SBS’s first commissioning editor for online As an expert in future of content and immersive media documentaries, Kylie has been instrumental in technology space (XR/AI/UX), Monika’s work consists in spearheading digital storytelling at the network, creating connecting bleeding edge technological innovation with creating ethical storytelling collaborations that sit at the some of the world’s most original creative visions that intersection of story and technology. brings Sci Fi to reality. Alice Burgin — AIDC Hinde Daoui — UBISOFT Alice is the current CEO/Conference Director of the Hinde is overseeing the Assassin’s Creed Symphony Australian International Documentary Conference. She worldwide tour at Ubisoft, and she produced Just Dance has over a decade of experience in the film and television Live tour in the US. industry in Australia and overseas. Luke Hetherington — INDUSTRIAL LIGHT AND MAGIC Anton Andreacchio Luke is the Executive in Charge of ILM’s Singapore studio Anton is an entrepreneur and mathematician who has SPEAKERS and responsible for all films in production at the studio as founded several companies in the creative industries, well as overseeing all studio operations, marketing, and including visualisation in construction, a VR/AR Studio bidding on future projects. In July 2019, his role expanded working across contemporary art and training (Jumpgate), to include the buildout and oversight of ILM’s Sydney and post-production. studio. Camille Lopato — DIVERSION Colin Nightingale Camille founded Diversion Cinema, a company Colin creates projects that challenge conventional forms specialising in distributing and showcasing VR films and of interacting with art and music. He most recently co- experiences. Agile and adaptable, Diversion is always created Beyond The Road, a multi-sensory installation looking for new partners to exhibit VR, and ultimately merging visual arts, music and film and he has been shape this emerging market. a member of the core creative team of award winning Punchdrunk, helping pioneer a form of ‘immersive’ theatre, Kristin Alford — MOD. in which the audience is free to choose what they watch Kristin is a futurist and the Director of MOD. at the and where they go. University of South Australia. MOD. Is a future-focused museum for young adults, provoking new ideas at the Vassiliki Khonsari — INK STORIES intersection of science, art and innovation. Creative Producer/Writer + CoFounder at iNK Stories– the New York City based award winning interactive storytelling Ana Brzezińska — KALEIDOSCOPE studio Fast Company calls an ‘innovation agent’. Ana is a Curator at Kaleidoscope, a funding platform for immersive art and entertainment. Briege Whitehead — WHITE SPARK PICTURES A pioneering VR producer, Briege is responsible for Karl ‘Winda’ Telfer — YELLAKA the groundbreaking cinematic VR hit, The Antarctica Karl is a senior man from the Mullawirra meyunna - Dry Experience. Currently playing at major venues across forest people/family clan, which today is known as the Australia, including Sydney’s Australian National Maritime Kaurna Nation from the Adelaide region. He is a custodian, Museum and Canberra’s National Museum of Australia, its a cultural educator, designer and artist. ticket sales make it the most successful VR films of all time. Oscar Raby — VRTOV Mads Damsbo — MAKROPOL Co-Founder and Creative Director at VRTOV, Mads is creative producer at Makropol, a production Melbourne-based Virtual Reality studio behind the studio based in Copenhagen, focusing on developing new projects The Turning Forest, Easter Rising: Voice of a narratives, utilizing new technology; provoking unexpected Rebel and Assent. emotions and experiences in diverse audiences. Dan Calacci — MIT Barnaby Steel — MARSHMALLOW LASER FEAST Dan is a member of the Human Dynamics group of Barnaby is an artist and creative director of London- the MIT Media Lab, studying the relationship between based studio Marshmallow Laser Feast. This experiential inequality, segregation, and human behaviour. art collective works in the liminal space between art, technology and the natural world. Justin Wight — MONKEY STACK Justin is director of Monkey Stack, creating award-winning Francesca Panetta — MIT work in animation, XR, VFX, experiential spaces and game Francesca is a Creative Director in the MIT Center for design which delights and engages audiences on any Advanced Virtuality. As an immersive artist and journalist, screen, anywhere. she uses emerging technologies to innovate new forms of storytelling that have social impact.