Ep. 10 | [AR]t & Liberty

AR is impermanent, ephemeral, invisible to the naked eye and leaves no environmental trace. It is accessible to a broad audience through the ubiquitous use of smartphones and tablets…”

NANCY BAKER CAHILL’S LIBERTY BELL – Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

From its origins in American history, “liberty” was only available to a certain demographic and came at great expense to others.

What happens when a visionary artist brings together these conflicting histories and complex realities with immersive design and technology?

Artist Nancy Baker Cahill asks: “In an age of pandemic, surveillance, injustice and disinformation, who is actually free? That’s the conversation we need to have.” We sat down with Nancy to discuss storytelling and American history using immersive technology.

Explore Further

Read Nancy Baker Cahill’s thought-provoking piece “Embracing the Radical Uncertainty of Part-Machines.”

Learn how a collective of artists leverage augmented reality “to make visible the injustices of the largest immigration detention system in the world.” Through the project entitled “In Plain Sight” these creators seek to share a sense of hope and solidarity with those detained in immigration camps.

TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Special thanks to musician Artofescapism (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)) and O’Keefe Communications for the remote studio support.

Ep. 9 | Storytelling Distilled: Experiences Drive Human Connection

“There is a special kind of magic that lives in creating shared moments in time.” 

-Nick Rivero

We came across this line in a recent Medium op-ed, and couldn’t resist reaching out to the author to learn more about his perspectives on experiencing stories with new technology.

Nick Rivero, co-founder of Meptik, shares his unique journey from classical music major to data visualization innovator. Fusing skills in design and technology, his company is pioneering creative modes of storytelling that are possible in today’s new paradigm.

Nick tells us about painting stories on buildings with projection mapping and reimagining the content development process as real-time and reactive. He leaves us with a call to action to reinvent how we connect audiences and drive human connection.

Listen to our conversation with Nick, and experience Meptik’s cutting-edge work through these links and videos….

For International Day of Yoga, Meptik teamed up with lululemon to host an immersive, virtual yoga experience.

BONUS: COVID-19 Visualized

The graceful rhythm of an ugly virus on the move. Meptik created visualizations that are driven by data, in real time, to bring awareness to the devastating impact using the same tools for concert visuals and live experiences.

TO our supporters

Special thanks to musician Chad Crouch (Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0)) and O’Keefe Communications for the remote studio support.

Ep. 6 | Virtually Present: Alone Together

The world around us has changed dramatically. So has the role of virtual and immersive technology in our everyday lives. It feels like our dialogue around these topics and how we connect through stories are more relevant than ever. Join us as we continue to explore the implications and applications of immersive media.

With Christina Heller, CEO of Metastage, we delve into volumetric capture as a mode of storytelling, addressing questions of authenticity and applicability of new technology.

A woman leader in a predominantly-male industry, Christina shares how her career and aspirations developed, and insights into the value of immersive content. On both personal and professional levels, Christina offers enlightening perspectives on the potential and the impact of multi-dimensional technology on how we tell and experience stories.

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Ep. 2 | Opening the VNTANA

On this episode of Six Degrees of Storytelling, we learn about Ashley Crowder, founder and CEO of VNTANA, and how her company is pioneering interactive hologram experiences. Ashley defines “hologram” through VNTANA’s unique lens, and describes how the company fits into the broader industry landscape and historical context of the technology.

Of course, we navigate the overlaps of theater and human connection with hologram technology, and the power of collective experience fostered by AR & VR. Ashley enlightens us on how a drawing becomes a hologram, and how VNTANA’s holograms actually come to be, through volumetric capture, AI, and motion-capture.

We learn about data collection and VNTANA’s internal creative processes, and how companies use their technology to provide consumers unique experiences. Finally, Ashley tells us about some live events that have inspired her, and what she sees in the future of AR & VR.

So, join us as we dive into the world of holograms with Ashley Crowder, and learn how you could be in New York and Tokyo at the same time (or, at least, your tele-presence can be).

– Rachel & Brittney

Check out some of VNTANA’s Projects in action below!

More about our guest:
Ashley Crowder is the co-founder and CEO of VNTANA, an industry leading augmented reality platform for creating and distributing premium mixed reality experiences.

Prior to co-founding VNTANA Ashley graduated from USC with a bachelors and masters in engineering and gained valuable manufacturing experience at Gulfstream, Northrop Grumman and BP. She leverages her engineering background to guide VNTANA’s overall direction and technology development.

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