Dreaming with Eyes Open: The Art, Histories, Philosophies, and Practices of Virtual Reality

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 3 pm to 8 pm
Doheny Memorial Library (DML), Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Room 240

With panels, discussions, and demonstrations, Dreaming with Eyes Open will bring together leading Virtual Reality (VR) artists, philosophers, theorists, and technologists to explore the revolutionary implications of this rich, immersive medium. Hear from Academy Award–winning visual effects artist Kevin Mack of Shape Space; groundbreaking artist Asad J. Malik, whose 1RIC Studio focuses on telling the stories of culturally underrepresented voices through augmented reality; Janet H. Murray, author of Hamlet on the Holodeck; Amelia Winger-Bearskin, who is co-directing a 360 video story about Native American monsters; USC Dornsife philosophy professor Kadri Vihvelin; and UC Irvine professor of cognitive science Donald Hoffman, who wrote the provocative and widely circulated article “The Case Against Reality.”

Schedule of Events:
2:30 p.m.: Registration and coffee
3 to 5 p.m.: Panel and Q&A with Kevin Mack, Asad J. Malik, and Paisley Smith
5 to 6 p.m.: Workshop/demonstration
6 to 8 p.m.: Panel and Q&A with Janet H. Murray, Kadri Vihvelin,  Donald Hoffman, and Amelia Winger-Bearskin