Our capacity to imagine — and create — alternative worlds, often in highly immersive detail, is now being harnessed as a means of storytelling and conveying knowledge across a range of different institutions and practices. Journalists can create experiences for their readers that they could not — or perhaps would not want to — experience directly. Museums have been testing new media tools and platforms as they seek to share curated experiences with their patrons. Scientists are using wide-screen projection, among other tech, to take students into the outer limits of space, educators are using simulations to help students think about real world systems, and activists are using augmented reality approaches to get people to see their communities from different perspectives. Panelists will share cutting edge research and experimentation in immersive journalism and virtual learning, inviting us to imagine new potential uses of these technologies to expand how we understand the world around us.
BC “Heavy” Biermann - Educated Technologist, academic and digital artist, The Heavy Projects
Nonny De La Peña - CEO, Emblematic Group
Scott Fisher - Associate Dean of Research, Professor & Founding Chair, Interactive Media Division, Director of the Mobile and Environmental Media Lab, USC Cinema School
Alison Griffiths - Professor, Baruch College, author of Shivers Down your Spine: Cinema, Museums, and the Immersive View
Kate McCallum - Producer and Writer, Producers Guild of America
Moderated by Robert Hernandez, USC