The Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories (FIVARS) is holding a hybrid event where the IRL component in LA starts today October 15th, and the virtual festival starts on October 22nd. FIVARS has been curating independent and avant-garde immersive stories since 2015, and I had a chance to talk with founder, executive director, and chief curator Keram Malicki-Sánchez who provides some highlights of the interactive and 360-degree video featured pieces at FIVARS. The interactive pieces will only be available at the West Hollywood location in LA, and all of the 360-degree videos will be available remotely.
Even if you’re not planning on attending FIVARS physically or virtually, Malicki-Sánchez shares a lot of interesting trends that he’s seeing as a curator who sifts through a lot of the early experiments and prototypes of immersive storytelling. He also eloquently describes his curation process and philosophy that is able to tap into the larger collective zeitgeist of stories that need to be shared right now, and how the immersive nature of XR provides a visceral way to deeply connect to other people’s wide range of human experiences.
Malicki-Sánchez is also a visionary when it comes to using interoperable and open WebXR immersive technologies to host both his VRTO conference and FIVARS festival (see my previous conversation with JanusWeb developer James Baicoianu and him here.) So I’m looking forward to checking out the latest updates and upgrades of visual aesthetics that leverage the latest build of Three.js when the virtual portion opens up next Friday.
You can get the latest information on programming at FIVARS.net and get ticket on EventBrite here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fivars-festival-of-intl-vr-ar-stories-fall-2021-los-angeles-tickets-122313391647
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