PixelPop Festival Conference Session:
Apart: The Socially Distant Virtual Reality Art Show
Saturday, 3:30 pm - 3:50 pm CDT (GMT-5)
In the early weeks of March 2020, newly-confined to our living quarters and facing months of epidemiological and economic uncertainty, a group of creatives reacted by doing what they do best: making art together. This is the story of Apart, a social distancing-themed community poster show and multiplayer virtual gallery space comprising 150+ original works from designers around the world, permanently accessible in virtual reality and via web browsers, with proceeds benefiting the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 relief fund. In this talk, we’ll use recall the creative and technical processes behind the project – including a completely open source software stack, spinning up custom Blender supercomputers in the cloud, and how to deal with isolation through immersion – while weaving in our designers’ written and video testimony to frame the truly weird experience of creating something meaningful even while separated by a global pandemic.
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