A VR meetup series highlighting women and gender-marginalized people in the field of immersive technology
Initiated in 2020 by Sara Lisa Vogl, VR expert, artist and co-founder of Women in Immersive Tech Europe, and Goethe-Institut Montreal, these network meetings aim to highlight and virtually connect women and gender-marginalized people from Europe and North America working in the creative industries and around immersive technologies to create new international connections and foster potential cooperation.
Each meetup takes on a different focus highlighting three inspiring persons from Europe and Canada, all working at the intersection of technology, art and media while giving enough space and the possibility for attendees to network in a safe and fun virtual environment
This meetup will take ARS ELECTRONICA’s festival’s motto „A new digital deal“ as a starting point to focus on subversive-creative strategies in the digital realm to empower marginalised communities with tools of creative computation and gaming.
Artists / Protagonists:
Liane Décary-Chen is a designer, creative coder, and community organizer operating within the fields of digital and interactive media. A common thread which runs through all her projects is the desire to equip people with tools that will allow them to take control over their bodies, lives, and stories. She has worked in numerous fields including wearable computing, games, interactive filmmaking, and tech education. She has been working with TAG Lab since 2016 and has collaborated with Vice Quebec, Studio XX, Cambridge Radical Tech Series, festival Image+Nation, ELEKTRA, and Shanghai Design Week.
Marina Díez Pereiro is a game developer and founder of Three of Cups Games, a London-based games studio built on diversity and ethical fundamentals. She is also a game designer at Wondershop in Helsinki. In 2020 she became lead game designer for new game Dordogne made by Un Je Ne Sais Quoi studios in France. As part of her drive to make a difference in gaming, in 2019 she created a Discord server for marginalized genders.
Sara Lisa Vogl is a futurist, collaboratively exploring and constructing new virtual and augmented realities to inspire, unite and enrich humanity. With a background in communication arts & interactive media and a love for the idea of new worlds, Sara is on a mission to go beyond the boundaries of today’s immersive virtual realities and to explore their diverse potentials for the future. Besides developing and directing XR experiences, Sara is studying humanoid robotics, deepening her knowledge about sensors, haptics and the intersection between algorithms and real worlds. In her free time you can find Sara DJing in VR at electronic music events.
About the Goethe-Institut
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. With 157 institutes in 98 countries, it promotes knowledge of German abroad, encourages international cultural exchange and conveys an image of contemporary Germany. Our cultural and educational programs encourage inter-cultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. With our network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centers, Pop-Ups, cultural societies, we are partners for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties. Visit our country portals for Canada, Mexico and USA to find out more and find us on social media.
More info: www.goethe.de/canada
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About Women in Immersive Tech Europe
(WIIT) is a european network of women in the creative industries and around immersive technologies based in Brussels, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Lisbon and Barcelona. The network wants to break barriers and to be an inspiration for women in Immersive Technologies all over the world. The WIIT community is a place to connect, meet like-minded women from across Europe and beyond, and find the resources to learn and grow.
More info about WIIT here: www.wiiteurope.org