Back to agenda

Afrofuturism and immersive design: New frontiers in Afrocentric art + entertainment

May 31

09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Description

Moderated by Kai Frazier, Founder & CEO, Curated x Kai, Afrofuturism imagines a future that values Black lives and social justice through the creative power of Black culture, music, film, literature and science fiction. Coined in 1994 by the cultural critic Mark Dery, its roots go back decades and include jazz musician Sun Ra, Parliament Funkadelic, writers Octavia Butler and Samuel R. Delany. As the next generation of artists like Janelle Monáe (Dirty Computer) and filmmakers Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) and Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You) immerse audiences in a hyper-real Black experience, our panelists will explore Afrofuturism today and how it impacts AR, VR and spatial design.

Speakers

Software Engineer, (AR/VR) , Google
Founder, Chief Visionary Officer , CULTURxEAT
Research Fellow , MIT Open Documentary Lab
Designer , Quirkeley, ARVR Women and Allies
Founder & CEO , Curated x Kai
Artist and Game Designer , University of California Santa Cruz

Related Sessions

May 29

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Description

Deceptively powerful and stunningly beautiful, this monumental leap forward in conveying the invisible effectively has always been right there in front of us, waiting to be unlocked, hiding in plain sight. All it took was the convergence of human ingenuity, artificial intelligence, and the rise of a medium capable of magic. Join M. Pell, author of ‚Envisioning Holograms‚ and ‚The Age of Smart Information‚ on a deep dive into the mesmerizing world of visualizing and communicating the unseen data, movements, systems, and forces of our world in perhaps the most impactful use of Spatial Computing and Artificial Intelligence to date. Book signing immediately following this session.

Speakers

Envisioneer , The Microsoft Garage
May 29

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Description

With many unknowns and opportunities in AR, rapid prototyping has been critical to understand and define what makes immersive experiences valuable and usable. This talk will take a peek into how we approach rapidly designing and building prototypes for AR applications.

Speakers

AR Interaction Designer , Google
Lead UX Designer, AR/VR , Google
May 29

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Description

Virtual reality has changed how we create. From games and movies to experiences and tools, we are just beginning to see what is possible. But what happens when you take traditional artistic methods and transfer them to VR? Learn how Oculus is creating new tools, specifically for Touch, to help more people express themselves.

Speakers

Art Director , Facebook, Inc.
May 29

02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Description

3D digital design will be as normal as 3D physical design today. Everyplace we go, every object we hold, every action we perform will be designed for our 3D environments. What world do you want to live it? Let's talk about how to make it exceptional, accessible and humanity centered.

Speakers

Head of Emerging Design , Adobe
May 29

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Description

Spatial AR has provided an entirely new canvas for designers. No longer encumbered by a 2 dimensional window, UX designers are free to explore a 3 dimensional space. Yet, designers seem confined to traditional UI elements, influenced by standards for web or mobile applications even when we know the potential for spatial AR to present information not just when we need it, but where. Inspired by the concept of embodied perception, Hannah Nye will teach attendee’s DI’s process for breaking old design paradigms. She will teach designers how to influence user action and improve performance within enterprise AR maintenance and medical AR training experiences. This tutorial will be approximately 50 minutes.

Speakers

Senior UX/UI Designer , Design Interactive, Inc.