Virtual Reality at the 75th Annual Venice Film Festival

Seven standout selections demonstrating the scope of the filmic art form

On a Venetian island named Lazzaretto Vecchio (aka VR Island) the Venice Film Festival‘s virtual reality division showcases and honors advancements in the cinematic medium, both immersive and linear. For the second annual Venice Virtual Reality program, 30 works were selected from roughly 250—a rising number that reflects the importance of film festivals with regard to VR storytelling. And, as expected from the prestigious event, it’s hard to find a roster as …

Studio Visit: Digital Artist Yang Yongliang

In the crossroads between new visual languages and traditional Chinese art

by Alessandro De Toni A few meters from the Bund—the iconic promenade in Shanghai that offers a picture postcard view of booming urban China—an Art Deco building raised in 1931 hosts a cluster of creative studios. Here, digital artist Yang Yongliang—an explorer of new Chinese aesthetics—conceives his pieces. At the age of 25, Yongliang decided that he wanted to be a full-time artist after receiving …

National Geographic Documents Rachel Rossin’s Use of Tech in Art

One of the most important minds in virtual reality today, artist Rachel Rossin’s work has redefined perceptions about the medium and its capabilities. In a short documentary that clocks in just under three minutes, National Geographic sits down with Rossin as she explains her attempts at delivering a randomness that mimics life. The artist takes tactile work into the digital realm and also pulls physical …

Interactive Highlights at the Tribeca Film Festival’s Virtual Arcade

Six immersive filmic experiences forging the path for virtual and augmented reality storytelling

Around the world, film festivals have become champions for augmented and virtual reality breakthroughs. From Venice to Sundance, dedicated programs unveil the medium’s latest technological and narrative developments. Once again, the curators of the Tribeca Film Festival—currently running in its 17th year—have offered a slate of VR and AR works that’s truly representative of the industry’s best. This year, Tribeca Immersive features both a Virtual …

Computer Scientist and Visual Artist Jaron Lanier’s TED Talk

A philosopher for the digital generation on the urgent changes we must make online

One of the brightest minds in computer science, Jaron Lanier‘s titles and accomplishments are many. Whether you primarily consider him the founder of virtual reality, a visual artist, an author or philosopher, his ideas and their execution have long been revolutionary. Lanier took the stage in Vancouver for this year’s TED—and his talk, very much in the raw but sharp and poignant style of TED …