Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art: Introduction to A/R, V/R and 360 Video Technology - Workshop Facilitated by IM4 Media Lab, November 22 - 23

a series of lectures, screenings, and workshops.

Workshop Overview

The workshop is a comprehensive 2-day Intro to VR/AR/360 video workshop that empowers Indigenous students with the tools, knowledge, and skills required to create their own live action immersive experiences. It will showcase how Indigenous media creators have used and embraced VR/AR/360 video. Throughout the two days, the instructor will provide a clear understanding to the VR/360 filmmaking process offering tools, knowledge, and on-hand experience to enable students with the skills to create their own VR/360 video project using the new technologies.

DAY 1 Objectives: Pre-Production: What is VR/AR? What is 360 Video? 360 filmmaking process, 360 cameras, Insta360 One X, test shoot, reviewing footage in headset, view Indigenous VR/AR/360 projects, Storyboarding.

DAY 2 Objectives: Production & Post-Production, principles of editing, special effects, exporting and publishing.

About the IM4 Media Lab

Envisioned and developed by Indigenous filmmaker Loretta Todd, the Indigenous Matriarchs 4 Lab is a collaboration with Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Indigenous media professionals, including Doreen Manuel, Cease Wyss, and Tracey Kim Bonneau. The IM4 Lab is designed to build an ecosystem of Indigenous VR/AR/360 developers, technicians, storytellers, media professionals and artists to participate in and influence the growth of Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR/360).

Instructor - Olivier Leroux

Olivier is an experienced VR Director and DOP originally from Quebec, now living and working as a respectful uninvited guest on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people in Vancouver BC. Olivier started to experiment with 360 video in 2013 building custom 360 rigs in the days before pre-stitched cameras. He has since directed numerous immersive 360-degree video experiences for different marketing companies including the tourism office of British Columbia and the History Channels' series titled Vikings. Olivier is a leader in the creation of new media and also offers consulting services to other Canadian based VR companies. He is also an Adjunct Professor responsible for teaching a course in Immersive Journalism at UBC. Additionally, Olivier is currently completing a 360 series called Journeys of our Coast which was produced in collaboration with Google.

Guest Speaker - Casey Koyczan

Casey holds a Multimedia Production Diploma from Lethbridge College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Thompson Rivers University, and is attending the University of Manitoba in the Fall 2019 to work on a Master of Fine Arts degree. His artwork has been shown across Canada, in parts of Europe and South America. He is also a musician, actor, writer, and overall arts advocate for future generations in the Northwest Territories. Recently, Casey attended ImagineNative 2019 to present a project that he created as an installation on the shore of Russell Lake. It was constructed as a multi-use shelter for local hunting, fishing, and berry-picking; but also as a stage. On the shelter, Koyczan performs "Fish eyes"; a live-looping electro-alternative song as his artist persona 'NAHGA". This experimental VR music video was heavily influenced by the beauty of the Behchokǫ̀ area.

** How to apply: Please fill out and submit a registration form. **

(IM4 Media Lab funders require a SIN number and a status card number. Important Note: Plug In ICA will cover the costs of those without status cards.)

The workshop offered by the IM4 Media Lab is free for all participants.

All lectures and screenings are free and open to the public. Please note that IM4 Media Lab will also be giving a presentation that is open to the public on Friday, November 22 at 6pm.

Associated Programming

October 17 to December 12, 2019
Labour of Love: On Digital Economies in the Arts

October 17 to November 17, 2019

Screening in Plug In's Breezeway

More, Less, About the Same (2019)

By Alyssa Bornn

Thursday, November 7 | 7pm
Lecture by Kite aka Suzanne Kite

Monday, November 18 | 7pm
Lecture by Hyphen-Labs

Friday, November 22 | 6pm

Presentation by IM4 Media Lab

Friday, November 22 - Saturday, November 23

Workshop by IM4 Media Lab

Monday, December 2 | 7pm

Lecture by Ali Shamas Qadeer

Monday, December 2 - Friday, December 6

Workshop by Ali Shamas Qadeer

Thursday, December 5 | 7pm

Lecture by Morehshin Allahyari

Thursday, December 12 | 7pm

Lecture by Hannah Black

Previous Programming
Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 7pm
Screening: Videos by Hannah Black

For participant bios + more information on the program:

This program is made possible through the Digital Strategy Fund: Digital and Intelligence by the Canada Council for the Arts.


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