Virtual Activity: I Am Afraid

screens: 
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 18:30
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 15:00
location: 
VIFF Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St.
Director: 
Maria Lantin
year: 
2017
country: 
Canada

I Am Afraid is a networked virtual reality application where multiple people can create interactive sound sculptures using their own voice. Words are recorded and rendered as textual objects in the virtual environment. Non-word sounds can also be recorded and are represented as abstract ball-like objects. The word objects can be played back through touch at any speed, direction, or position using hand controllers. Paper balls loop their sounds when touched. Words and sounds can be drawn, recorded, and played back, creating a layered soundscape that evolves dynamically through interactive and collaborative actions. The application can be used for voice and sound exploration, composition, or performance.

This virtual activity is offered as part of the OPENING NIGHT GALA and the YOUTH MEDIA CONFERENCE, EXPO & SHOWCASE for secondary schools (pre-registration is required).

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Director's Bio: 
Maria Lantin is the Director of the Basically Good Media Lab at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She has a deep interest in space and movement, both physical and metaphorical, and this is woven through her work in immersive media and interaction. Formative experiences include a BSc and PhD in Computing Science (Dalhousie University and Simon Fraser University), a wonderful stint at Mainframe Entertainment, working on the first ever stereoscopic animation for the IMAX screen (it was amazing, though it never made it to the screen), three fantastic years at the ground-breaking Banff New Media Institute’s Advanced Art and Technology (A.R.T) labs, and now heading into eleven years at ECUAD. Dr. Lantin’s current research is in the design of virtual environments from the point of view of objects, incorporating object-oriented ontology into design techniques and implementation.