Welcome to AltspaceVR's Scenes and Screens Festival 2018!

Furrowed Brow by Aaron Oldenburg

Aaron Oldenburg is a game designer and new media artist whose primary interest is in game rules as an expressive medium. His video and interactive work has exhibited in festivals and galleries in New York, Johannesburg, London, São Paulo and Los Angeles, including SIGGRAPH, A MAZE. International Games and Playful Media Festival, the LeftField Collection at EGX Rezzed, Slamdance DIG, and FILE Electronic Language International Festival. His work has been written about in Kill Screen, Baltimore City Paper, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun. He teaches game design as an Associate Professor in University of Baltimore's Simulation and Game Design program and has an MFA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In October 2003 he finished two years as an HIV Health Extension Agent for the Peace Corps in Mali.

See Memory by Viviane Silvera

Viviane Silvera is an award winning artist and filmmaker whose work explores the mystery, magic and science of memory. Viviane received a BA from Tufts University in Cognitive Psychology and Political Science and an MFA at the New York Academy of Art. Her hand-painted stopmotion videos have been installed at the University of Mary Washington (Nov 2017), Davidson College (Nov 2018 - Jan 2019) , MGM National Harbor in Washington D.C (April - Sep 2017), 4Culture in Pioneer Square Seattle (June 2017-June 2018) and Cube Art Project - Union Bank in Lincoln, NE (May 2018 - May 2019). Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include Iron Gate East Gallery and the Edward Hopper House and group exhibitions at the Albright Knox Gallery, The Dahesh Museum, The Masur Museum and The Museo de la Cuidad - Mexico.

Her documentary short, “See Memory,” is available on Amazon and was an official selection of multiple film festivals including the American Psychological Association Film Festival and the Imagine Science Film Festival with screenings at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College among others. Silvera’s work is held in the Clinton Presidential Library & Museum, the Ziff Davis Collection and Tribeca Flashpoint Media Academy. Her outdoor sculpture, “The Fault”, was made for the Women’s Studies Department at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where it is permanently installed and was funded by a grant from the Newington Cropsey Foundation. She is a two- time recipient of the Chaim Gross Award and the winner of the Harriet Whitney Frishmuth Travel Award from the National Academy of Design. Most recently she received the Award of Excellence in Painting at the Edward Hopper House. Her work has been written about in the Art Daily, The Wall Street Journal, Gotham Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Time Out New York and The New York Times and was the cover and featured interview in Gambling the Aisle Literary magazine.

The theme this year: Hyperconnect

Though this term is commonly used to describe what we consider to be intermachine communication, it can also be used to describe a state of interpersonal and human-to-machine interaction as well. Alternatively, hyperconnectivity is used as a medical term to describe a rapid firing of neurons making excessive connections within the brain. We have asked participants to consider the impact of all existing connections in our society, both organic and digital.

About the Festival:

The Scenes and Screens Festival is an event that was created to solve the gap in physical divides by providing contemporary artists a platform to bring their work to a global audience. Our goal is to provide recognition to a variety of educators and artists through a virtual platform in which these artists may express and present their ideas. In addition, it is an opportunity for these individuals to create meaningful experiences. It is our hope that this festival will inspire those interested in the bridge between art the technology to rethink the way that social VR platforms can be used in contemporary society.

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