In this captivating abstract, visionary director Victoria Bousis will delve into the profound impact of virtual reality (VR) as a catalyst for empathetic engagement and compassionate policymaking. Bousis's latest creation, "Stay Alive My Son," a groundbreaking, immersive and interactive VR experience, recounts the powerful journey of Yathay Pin, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide who made the heart-wrenching decision to leave his young son behind for a chance at survival. Recently, “Stay Alive My Son,” won the Producers’ Guild Association Innovation Award for making movie history as a full-length and interactive VR narrative, by allowing audiences to become the protagonist and experience their story first-handedly.
Through the medium of VR, Bousis effectively conveys the emotions of ambiguous loss, regret, guilt, and unwavering hope for justice and reunion by allowing audiences to step into the shoes of a father and experience these emotions for themselves. As ordinary citizens and policymakers, by truly experiencing versus passively watching these emotions, they become vested personally, thereby humanizing the legal barriers and issues with a mission to change global policy for good.
Bousis's talk will extend beyond the immersive storytelling aspect, outlining the broader implications of "Stay Alive My Son" in mobilizing bottom up “community-driven initiatives” and top-down movements leading up to the United Nations’ Global Refugee Summit in Geneva in December. Her advocacy, combined with the emotive power of the VR experience, seeks to expedite family reunification processes in accordance with the United Nations' pledge to limit legal formalities to a 5-year cap, safeguarding the human right to family unity.
Having premiered in over 21 global festivals, including Venice, Cannes, and SXSW, and receiving countless awards, "Stay Alive My Son" has already proved its mettle. This session will offer an opportunity for Bousis to share insights into the adaptation process, technological advancements in digital humans, interactive spatial and game design used for interactive narratives, the intended impact of the project, and its future potential to inspire change.
Attendees can anticipate an inspiring discussion on leveraging technology for social change, highlighting the potential of VR to shape policies through deeply personal, human-centered storytelling, while also exploring its potential in illuminating untold stories for furthering social change.
The web-based augmented reality game, launched on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the Belvedere Museum, takes children and families on a thrilling adventure through the Baroque palace gardens. The grounds of the Belvedere were once home to a menagerie – one of Europe's earliest zoos - where Prince Eugene gathered animals from around the world. Six of these animals are now the protagonists of the new Fantastic Palastics game: Roco the Lion, Neo the Lemur, Rena the Gazelle, Pop the Sheep, Dada the Ostrich, and Flux the Porcupine. The Fantastic Palastics game brings the history of this World Heritage Site to life with AR technology by Niantic 8th Wall. The game was developed in collaboration with The Brand Father and Orb Amsterdam and powered by Niantic 8th Wall. Wolfgang Bergmann (CFO Belvedere) and Doruk Eker (Orb) will talk about the development and learnings of this innovative project.
Come to the Belvedere Gardens and play the game while you are in Vienna: www.belvedere.at/game
As the hotly awaited Wallace and Gromit VR experience ‘The Grand Getaway’ is gearing up for release, discover how the production team transformed this lovable duo from onscreen heroes into embodied characters in an immersive world.
Hear from the producers about the challenges of translating a famous IP to a new medium, and how to balance story and play when crafting a world-class VR experience rooted in heart and humour.
Like the adventure itself, expect to be surprised and delighted - and we’ll share a definitive answer to, ‘was it created in clay?’ See you in the rocket…
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In this joint presentation, AJ & Adam will discuss:
• The history of media.
• The current transition from 2D (consumption based) media to 3D (immersion / interaction based) media.
• The opportunities for brands & startups to take part in the transition.
• Practical advice for brands making the leap to 3D.
• Q&A with the audience.
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