Virtual Reality: A New Reality?

27 February 2020, 6.30pm - 8pm

New Art Exchange

Is VR the new medium for artistic expression? The central piece of Shezad Dawood's Encroachments is a Virtual Reality installation that draws upon 80s videogame arcade aesthetics and the U.S.A's cultural influence on 1960s Pakistan.

This event explores videogame theory and the use and evolution of VR technology within the visual arts, with Amelia Seren Roberts (Confetti), Alfie Bown (University of London), and Maria Chatzichristodoulou (London South Bank University).

Alfie Bown

Alfie Bown is Lecturer in Digital Media Culture and Technology. He is the author of The Playstation Dreamworld (Polity, 2017), Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism (Zero Books, 2015) and others. Alfie's principle research interests are in psychoanalysis, digital media, critical theory and videogames. He also writes journalism for The Guardian, The Paris Review, The Independent, New Statesman and Newsweek. He is editor of the international cultural studies collective Everyday Analysis, which has published several books including Why Are Animals Funny? (2014), Twerking to Turking (2015) and Politactics (2016).

Maria Chatzichristodoulou

Maria Chatzichristodoulou (aka Maria X) is Reader in Performance and New Media at London South Bank University, UK, where she also is Head of Division Creative Industries, Director of Enterprise for the School of Arts & Creative Industries and Director of the Centre for Research in Digital Storymaking. Furthermore, Maria is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Performance Art & Digital Media (Routledge). In the past Maria taught at the University of Hull and the University of London Colleges Goldsmiths, Queen Mary and Birkbeck, worked as a community participation officer (The Albany), performer and curator (independently) and co-founded/co-directed the international festival Medi@terra (Athens Greece, 1997-2002).

Amelia Seren Roberts

Amelia Seren Roberts born in South Wales, Amelia is an artist, writer and educator currently based in Nottingham. Amelia is a lecturer of Games Art and Module Lead of Critical and Contextual Studies and Industry Practice at Confetti Institute of Creative Technology, Nottingham Trent University. Co-founder of KÜHLE WAMPE collective and current BACKLIT Gallery Art Writer in Residence, Amelia's research and practice centres around critical theory relating to video games, artist-led creative networks and the dissemination and diminution of traditional Welsh mythic heritage in contemporary Anglo/Western popular culture. Instagram: @ameliaserenroberts

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