Special Events → UK Immersive Takeover

15 UK Immersive Takeover

12 March, 1.30pm to 6pm
UK House, East 10th St & Red River St, Austin

Presentations, panel discussions and international networking.
In partnership with British Underground, Arts Council England, British Council, Immersive Futures Lab, BFI and Royal Shakespeare Company.

You are invited to UK House by the The UK Immersive Takeover partners for an afternoon of conversations and provocations exploring the intersection of art and technology. Featuring SXSW award-winning artist Karen Palmer, Mónica Bello from CERN, Dr Mykaell Riley from the Black Music Research Centre and composer Jamie Perera plus contributions from UK artists and directors presenting in the XR Experience. Stick around for the aftershow with music from Kyra and The New Eves.

13:30 - 14:00

‘How is Art a Public Good?’

presented by The Royal Shakespeare Company with MIT Open Documentary Lab. and The Music Center Arts

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Ruthie Doyle (Artists, Fellowships, and Research) and Sarah Ellis (Director of Digital Development) are joined by Sarah Wolozin (Founding Director, Open Documentary Lab at MIT) and Josephine Ramirez, Executive Vice President of The Music Center Arts, Los Angeles to facilitate a roundtable exploring the question: How is art a public good?

14:00 - 14:45

‘Future Histories: An Algorithm of One’s Own’

hosted by XR Experience Award Winner (2023) Karen Palmer

XR Experience Award Winner (2023) Karen Palmer with Ruha Benjamin (Princeton), Jason Edward Lewis (Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence) and Kambale Masavuli (Centre for Research on the Congo-Kinshasa), invite you to redefine the possible and liberate AI algorithms from their colonial origins in this participatory session.

14:45 - 15:05

'The Journey Back: A VR Experience' presentation

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and immersive studio producers East City Films present their recent work 'Letters From Drancy', 'Walk to Westerbork', and 'Escape to Shanghai' sharing “hidden” stories of the Holocaust, while reimagining how three young girls survived.

15:05 - 15:15

XR Experience Competition Finalist ‘Maya: The Birth of a Superhero’ presentation

Directors Poulomi Basu and CJ Clarke present their work

15:15 - 15:25

XR Experience Competition Finalist ‘Soulpaint’ presentation

Directors Sarah Ticho and Niki Smit present their work

15:25 - 15:45

‘How Artists Instigate New Horizons’ with Joel Mills (British Council) and Monica Bello (CERN)

British Council Director, Music, Joel Mills and Monica Bello, Curator and Head of Arts at CERN discuss how artists are instigating new horizons for the future of technology and culture

15:45 - 15:55

XR Experience Special Event ‘Kiss/Crash’ presentation

XR Experience Special Event director Adam Cole presents ‘Kiss/Crash’

15:55 - 16:10

‘Sonic Heritage: The First National Exhibition of Black British Music’ presented by BMRU

Mykaell Riley, Director of The Black Music Research Unit (BMRU), and Artificial Intelligence strategist Nigel Guy, discuss the socio-economic and cultural impacts of Black British music, advocating for greater documentation and understanding of its influence.

16:10 - 16:25

‘Anthropocene in C Major’ presented by Jamie Perera

Composer Jamie Perera presents how 12,000 years of climate data became the orchestral piece ‘Anthropocene In C Major’, in conversation with Dr Daniel Ford (British Underground)

16:30 - 18:00

UK HOUSE Immersive Takeover Networking Party

Networking drinks reception with live music sets from rising UK stars ‘Kyra’ and ‘The New Eves’. Produced by British Underground and Arts Council England, in partnership with British Council, Futures Lab, and BFI