Physical Presence in Virtual Worlds: Crafting the Authoring Tools of Tomorrow

The unique sense of physical presence is an intricate, challenging pursuit for anyone building virtual worlds. In this presentation, I will discuss and explicate our company’s visionary approach to this, centred around our cutting-edge authoring tools aimed at empowering creators and developers to build virtual experiences with physical presence at their core.

Beyond the psychological intricacies of presence, a myriad of seemingly insurmountable technological challenges often stops any notion of creators embarking on a prototyping journey in their tracks. To shape a future of multidisciplinary collaboration, we embarked on a journey to identify key obstacles, establish a common language to discuss them, and engineer a solution.

As someone with a background in directing theatre and live performance, my mission is to provide an accessible tool kit that enables diverse teams to collaboratively craft these seemingly impossible worlds. By blending these approaches, we can create a world where creative ideas are able to be explored first, as opposed to solving foundational technological challenges.

The talk can be joined in room 11 and on zoom.

Meeting-ID: 673 9485 2764

Kenncode: KISD

Andy Brunskill is co-founder and Chief Product Office at Existent. He has a multifaceted background spanning various aspects of the creative domains. He has created large scale shows, projects and parades for companies such as the National Theatre, Longleat Safari Park and International Dance Festival Birmingham; the puppetry and puppets for Aardman Animations’ Coldplay Music video for “Daddy” and puppetry for the Sky Christmas movie “Beatrix and the Tail of the Curious Mouse”;shows for young people and people with additional needs at the Orange Tree Theatre and Young Vic; created and directed puppetry for numerous commercial campaigns. He was also Associate Director of War Horse in the West End from 2015-16. He has taught at drama schools, universities and led workshops at international festivals. He is an artist advisor for Jerwood Arts.