VR Mix Room B, 10:00 AM, on March 29
During its infancy the cinema was opulent with technological innovation and creative diversity, but Hollywood has ended up defining its dominant forms of production and narration. This situation is now changing because of the new digital modalities of cinematic production and presentation, and over the last ten years we have been witnessing a creative renaissance providing a whole new range of experiences, from situated micro-movies to immersive interactivity in virtual 3D worlds. Professor Shaw’s presentation will discuss the convergent multiplicity of these new techniques of cinematic representation and intercommunication, with examples of ground-breaking artworks that herald the digitally expanded cinema of tomorrow. Shaw will refer in particular to benchmark artistic and technological achievements at the City University of Hong Kong’s Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment (ALiVE), whose program of research reaches beyond the dominant industrial media forms and pushes the creative and critical boundaries of the cinematic imaginary in ways that enrich human experience and are of transforming benefit to society.