DOK Exchange Speakers 2019
Plureality Art Form in International Film Festivals:
XR, China and Beyond
CHE Lin is a curator focusing on plurality storytelling in new media. She is the curator of Sandbox Immersive Festival and the curator of Beijing International Film Festival for VR Section, which are two of the most influential festivals in China featuring cutting-edge immersive content worldwide. Beside film festivals, she has worked with galleries and art spaces, such as Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion in Beijing, Blue Note in Beijing, to curate location based VR events. After receiving the Ph.D on film studies from Peking University, she started the postdoc research fellowship in Research Center for Cultural Policy of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). She has been invited to SXSW and BIFAN as speaker for the mentor session.
Speak yourself present:
embodiment and care in immersive media
Julia Scott Stevenson
Julia Scott Stevenson
Julia Scott-Stevenson is a research fellow in interactive factual media with the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She co-convenes i-Docs, a biennial Symposium and network that explores the potential of interactive and immersive factual media across the creative industries. Julia recently completed a fellowship in immersion through the South West Creative Technology Network, during which she explored whether immersive media experiences might offer ways of imagining a preferred future, and developed a manifesto for virtual futures. Julia holds a PhD in i-docs and social impact, for which she created an i-doc titled Giving Time. She previously worked with the Sydney-based Antenna Documentary Film Festival for six years, programming films and developing the festival’s innovation strand.
Journey of Bodyparts to VR
Mélodie Mousset (b. 1981 in Abu Dhabi, lives and works in Zurich) studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, EBAR, France, Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, ECAL, Switzerland, the Royal College of Arts, London, and completed her Masters of Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts CALARTS in Valencia, California. Her work has been exhibited at institutions and galleries worldwide, including MOCA (Museum Of Contemporary Arts), Los Angeles; Kunst Museum Stuttgart ; MAC (Musée d’Art Contemporain) Lyon; The Metropolitan Art Society, Beirut; Susanne Vielmetter Project, Los Angeles, Barbara Seiler Gallery, Zurich, HeK, Basel and SALTS, Basel. She received the Swiss art award for her first VR installation “We were looking for ourselves in each other” in 2015 and 4 awards in 2017 for her VR project HanaHana which was short listed by The Guardian among the 9 most fascinating indie game at Gamescom.
Beyond political hotspots – Bridging across religious and cultural divides with gamified XR
Nimrod Shanit is an award winning director and producer of feature length fiction and non-fiction films. A veteran executive producer of international co-productions and a pioneer of the first completely integrated virtual reality production company in Israel, under the hospice of the Tower of David innovation lab.
Spatial Storytelling: Relations of VR and Theatre
Sadah Espii Proctor
Sadah Espii Proctor
Sadah Espii Proctor (Espii) is a VR director and sound/media designer for theatre and immersive experiences. Named by American Theatre Magazine as one of “6 Theatre Artists to Know” for multimedia storytelling, her work encompasses global stories of women, social issues, and the African Diaspora, often with an Afrofuturist/Cyberpunk lens. Her original work is also influenced by gothic horror, anime, and visual kei. She received her M.F.A. in Performance and Interactive Arts, Brooklyn College and is a proud alumna of Virginia Tech.
Blurring Boundaries of gender and media
Rob Eagle is a PhD researcher, employing virtual reality and immersive, interactive media to documentary stories of non-cisgender lives. Both the creation and the resulting interactive works will raise questions for how to tell stories that focus on complexities around embodiment and non-cisgender subjectives. His PhD is AHRC funded as part of the 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training. As a director/ producer of film, audio and VR documentary, he has made hundreds of short documentaries over the past decade for broadcast TV and online platforms, most notably as an in-house-film-maker in Communications at University College London. His photos and films have appeared across international media, including the New York Times, the Guardian, Al Jazeera and the BBC.