2017 Augmented and Virtual Reality Conference (Manchester, England)

With a theme Empowering Human, Place and Business through AR & VR, International AR & VR Conference 2017 will focus on exploring cutting edge Augmented and Virtual Reality concepts, applications and business models which shape our everyday life, place and businesses.

The Story 2017 (London, England)

The Story is a one-day conference about stories and story-telling, to be held at The Conway Hall, London, on Friday, February 17th, 2017.

The Story will be a celebration of everything that is wonderful, inspiring and awesome about stories, in whatever medium possible. We’re hoping to have stories that are written, spoken, played, described, enacted, whispered, projected, orchestrated, performed, printed – whatever form stories come in, we hope to have them here.

The Story is not about theories of stories, or making money from stories, but about the sheer visceral pleasure of telling a story. Whether it is in a game, a movie, a book, or a pub, we’ve all heard or told or been part of stories that have made us gasp, cry or just laugh.

There have never been so many stories, never so many ways to tell them. The Story will be a celebration of just a small sample of them.

Kinetica Museum 10th Anniversary Exhibition “The Thin Veil” 2017 (London, England)

Kinetica marks its 10 year legacy as a leading platform for international new media art with a ground breaking anniversary exhibition that explores the many dimensions of illusion, transformation and metamorphosis.

Ten artists will be selected through an OPEN CALL to exhibit in Kinetica’s 10 year anniversary show. The selected artists will be shown alongside some of the most renowned kinetic and new media artists working today.

Virtually Real (London, England, UK)

Step into virtually real works of art this January.

We’re starting 2017 with Virtually Real, a collaborative pop-up project between the virtual reality platform HTC Vive and our contemporary art school, the Royal Academy Schools. Graduates Adham Faramawy and Elliot Dodd, together with third-year student Jessy Jetpacks, have been selected to create works of art using HTC Vive. This virtual reality technology lets you experience hundreds of simulated worlds, where the normal rules of gravity don’t apply.

The artists will be using software like Kodon and Tilt Brush by Google, a palette that lets you paint in virtual 3D space to produce installations that you, the visitor, will be able to move through and interact with. You’ll also be able to see their creative processes from start to finish with HTC Vive’s playback technology. As a world-first, we’ll be 3D printing these artworks and exhibiting them, so you will have the chance to interact with them both virtually and in real life. You’ll also be able to try your hand at creating a virtual reality masterpiece of your own.

Adham, Elliot and Jessy all have a background in working with virtual technology, apps and multimedia, but this will allow both them and you to experiment in the relatively unchartered waters of virtually made art.

Film Sound Performance in Brunel Tunnel Shaft (London, England)

A festival of experimental sound, film and performance – co-curated by Goldsmiths and London College of Communication – takes place in Rotherhithe this December.

On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December, the dark and uncanny Brunel Tunnel Shaft space hosts a festival of experimental sound, film and performance, curated by Goldsmiths’ Embodied Audiovisual Interaction and LCC’s Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice groups.

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World (London, England)

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World presents eleven new installations by some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designers and architects working today.

These newly commissioned works explore a spectrum of issues that define our time, including: networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads.

The exhibition asserts that design is deeply connected not just to commerce and culture but to urgent underlying issues – issues that inspire fear and love. This is a bold, multidisciplinary and global exhibition that aims to capture the mood of the present and establish the Design Museum as the home of design debate.

Submerge Festival 2016 (Bristol, England, UK)

Welcome to Submerge, a brand-new weekend festival of pioneering electronic music, immersive audiovisual arts and live performance. Our first edition “Fathoms” is a metaphorical journey to the bottom of the ocean and back. It takes place in Bristol (UK) from 18th and 20th November 2016. Submerge Festival aims to offer audiences visceral and immersive art experiences across mixed bills of artists and artforms rarely presented together.

The Invisible City: Rear Window & Where the City Can’t See (St Helens, England, UK)

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Heart of Glass is excited to announce The Invisible City, a new cinematic event coming to St Helens this Autumn.

On Saturday, November 12th we will present an outdoor cinema event, in collaboration with Abandon Normal Devices (AND) and Alexandra Park (St Helens) Management Limited, the former Pilkington Glass headquarters.

Featuring the granddaddy of surveillance films Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and the world premiere of a new short film by artist Liam Young, this cinematic event will use the historical home of glass to explore contemporary responses to technology and transparency.

The main event will consist of a film programme, with a choice of viewing options including ‘drive-in’ and ‘viewing gallery’; and quasi-fictional tours of the Pilkington HQ, which will flatten distinctions between famous and forgotten, public and private spaces in the building. The glass fronted office complex will be the backdrop to ask questions related to transparency and invisibility in our society today.

Short Films:

Where the City Can’t See (Dir. Liam Young / 2016 /)

Commissioned by AND, Directed by Liam Young and written by sci-fi author Tim Maughan, the film is set in the not-too-distant future where Google maps, urban management systems and CCTV surveillance are not only mapping our cities, but ruling them.

http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/where-the-city-cant-see-liam-young/

Illuminating York 2016 (York, England, UK)

6pm-10pm each night

In 2016, the festival invites you to explore and discover the city through the imagination of artists, using the medium of light in all its forms.

This year the festival will open up some of York’s most famous, most interesting and intriguing buildings by night, to experience them in a completely new way. Outdoors, buildings, spaces and places will also host installations using light and projection. Travel between these sites and spot our bunny lights in York’s shop windows along the way.

9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering Revisited 1966/2016 (London, England)

On Friday 7 October 2016, exactly fifty years after the legendary 9 Evenings: Theater and Engineering, Arts Catalyst revisits this hugely influential art event with a new performance commission by Robert Whitman, participating artist in the original 9 Evenings and co-founder of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T) who produced it. An accompanying exhibition, talks and events programme will be held at Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science & Technology and other venues across the city, developed in collaboration with Afterall and students from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and Goldsmiths, University of London.