Step into the future

Aug 16, 2017, 08:20 IST | Krutika Behrawala

A media arts festival packs in augmented reality art, VR film screenings, gigs and panel discussions to introduce immersive media into the realm of storytelling and entertainment

Manish Chauhan and Amiruddin Shah in Yeh Ballet. Pic courtesy/Sooni Taraporevala
Manish Chauhan and Amiruddin Shah in Yeh Ballet. Pic courtesy/Sooni Taraporevala

Today, 20 participants will gather at the Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) in Lower Parel to participate in a unique five-day workshop conducted by artists from St+Art Foundation. They will design illustrations, animations and films using augmented reality to create immersive public art, considered the future of street art in India. If you're keen to view them, head to the venue on Sunday.

This workshop, along with VR film screenings, music gigs and panel discussions, is part of the five-day Eyemyth Media Arts Festival, held as a curtain raiser to the launch of a centre for immersive media by ISDI. The fest's theme is Future as Fiction. "Immersive technologies like augmented and virtual reality have been making their way into festivals, museums and exhibitions globally. India is yet to witness its ability to bring static art alive. The festival is an attempt in this direction," says Avinash Kumar, founder, UnBox, collaborators for the fest.
Here's the best of what to catch:

Avinash Kumar
Avinash Kumar

Film screenings
£ Watch BAFTA-nominated short films curated in collaboration with the British Council. These include Andrea Harkin's The Party set in Belfast in 1972 where a teen invites a man-on-the-run for a night of partying; Mouth of Hell helmed by Samir Mehanovic set in the coal mines of Jharia, and Jennifer Zheng's animated short, Tough, about a Chinese woman and her British-born daughter.
ON: August 18, 6.30 pm onwards
AT: antiSOCIAL, Rohan Plaza, Khar West.

Sooni Taraporevala
Sooni Taraporevala

> Catch a screening of award-winning international virtual reality films and new media projects from India. These include Nirupane, a VR tour of Hampi, and Sooni Taraporevala's Yeh Ballet produced by Anand Gandhi's Memesys Culture Lab. The latter is about two boys, Manish Chauhan and Amiruddin Shah from Ulwe and Sanpada in Navi Mumbai, who receive scholarships to study at a ballet school in USA. Also catch London-based Crossover Lab's first VR documentary, Easter Rising about the armed insurrection in Ireland against British rule during Easter Week, April 1916. Steye Hallema's Ashes to Ashes is a tragicomedy about a dysfunctional family burdened with the final wish of their deceased grandfather.
FROM: August 18 to 20, 11 am to 7 pm
AT: ISDI, One Indiabulls Centre, Lower Parel.

Panel discussions and talks
Attend a conference on immersive media with Indian and international artists, designers and technologists. "The themes that will be discussed include the future of immersive media in India and the critical opportunities and gaps within. The talks will also highlight how mediated reality like augmented reality and virtual reality has the power to catalyse contemporary Indian storytelling and preserve Indian heritage," says Radha Kapoor Khanna, founder and executive director, ISDI.
ON: August 20, 5 pm onwards
AT: ISDI, Lower Parel.

FILM at the console
FILM at the console

Witness an audio-visual performance by Delhi-based artiste FILM aka Sanil Sudan. He will play house and techno music with influences of hip-hop, jungle and pop. His set will be accompanied by visuals showcasing footage from India enhanced with sound-reactive motion graphics.

A visual by Alt Q
A visual by Alt Q

They've been created by the visual collective, Alt-Q. "We have used vintage shots (about technology and India so far) from online archives, and videos shot in Delhi, Bengaluru and Goa," says Yash Chandak of Alt-Q.
ON: August 18, 6.30 pm
AT: antiSOCIAL, Khar West.

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