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Converging VR, AR and 3D printing:
Art as a Vehicle for Driving Technology in Africa

Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series

Lecture Date(s)

February 4, 2020 at 12:30pm

Workshop(s)

February 3, 2020 at 6pm
(for the general public)

February 5, 2020 at 5pm
(for Education City

Speaker(s)

Gareth Steele and Rick Treweek
from Eden Labs

Language

English

Location

The Atrium at VCUarts Qatar
Image credit: ©EdenLabs

With the rapid democratization of technology across Africa, the future of innovation, and storytelling lies in the hands of content creators and rising African artists. Focusing on virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), 3D printing and software development, Eden Labs develops immersive experiences with artists to push the limits of emerging technologies. This research and development lab in Johannesburg, South Africa, uses a variety of mixed reality technologies and other digital media to tell captivating and interactive stories.

VCUarts Qatar will be hosting Eden Labs’ creative technologist Rick Treweek, and art director Gareth Steele, who will be giving a lecture and a series of workshops on emerging technologies.
With over 15 years of experience in digital media, Rick Treweek’s practice centers around creating worlds within art, games, and new formats of digital media. Gareth Steele designs and conceptualizes for virtual and augmented reality, and specializes in 360 degree photography and videography.

Workshops
Participants at the workshop for the general public on Monday, February 3, at 6pm at the Atrium, will learn about basic content creation and multimedia skills for VR creation tools, 360 degree photography and videography, and 3D scanning and photogrammetry. They will also be given an overview of the possibilities of 3D printing and mixed reality technology.

The participants at the workshops on Wednesday will learn how to translate existing media into augmented reality or virtual reality content with Rick Treweek. Film-makers and performers who are interested in 360 degree cinematography and videography techniques will be given advice by Gareth Steele on their projects.

We are adding digital layers to the real world.
Hyena Project by Eden Labs, ©Eden Labs

Biographies

@edenlabsafrica
edenlabs.africa

Gareth Steele is an art director and information designer from Johannesburg, South Africa who is currently working in the emerging technology field. With a passion for new modes of storytelling, he designs and conceptualizes virtual and augmented reality, and specializes in 360 degree photography and videography.

@edenlabsafrica
edenlabs.africa

Rick Treweek is a creative technologist who enjoys pushing the boundaries of digital formats and disruptive hardware. With over 15 years of experience in digital media, he explores emerging technologies and how they influence our reality. His practice centers around creating worlds within art, games, and new formats of digital media.

Public Programming

Feb. 3–5, 2020

Book your Brain Date with Gareth and Rick from
Eden Labs!

Feb 3, 2020 ― 6 to 9 PM

Workshop 'Converging VR, AR and 3D Printing: Art as a Vehicle for Driving Technology' by Eden Labs (general public)

Feb 4, 2020 ― 12:30 to 2 PM

Crossing Boundaries Lecture series:
'Converging VR, AR and 3D printing: Art as a Vehicle for Driving Technology in Africa' by Eden Labs

Feb 4, 2020 ― 5 to 8 PM

Workshop 'Converging VR, AR and 3D Printing: Art as a Vehicle for Driving Technology' by Eden Labs (Education City only)

Feb 5, 2020 ― 3:30 to 5 PM

Class talk by Eden Labs with Graphic Design students

Feb 5, 2020 ― 7 to 9 PM

Exclusive dinner with Gareth Steele and Rick Treweek offered to students, alumni, staff and faculty at VCUarts Qatar (RSVP - limited seats)

Feb 5, 2020 ― 1 to 5 PM

Workshop by Eden Labs with MFA in Design students

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