Winners 2017

We had a very intense and, hopefully, diversified second edition of our Annual Summit hosting a Festival with a very diversified and hopefully intense Official Selection and, repetition needed, one of the most intense and diversified jury one could possibly wish for such circumstances. They were Anna Charrière, Carl Guyenette, Chuck Peil, James Fong, Shari Frilot and Denise Quesnel. Choosing the winners was probably an equally intense task for them, but they did it more than honourably and we are now happy to share this list with you.

 

Imperial Crown

After Solitary

“For the Imperial Crown Prize, we have chosen to honor a work that pushes VR storytelling through it’s fresh approach and clever use of room scale VR technology to elegantly and viscerally communicate a pervasive sense of confinement. This work demonstrates the potential of VR to stimulate discourse that is at once political and personally vulnerable, by creating strong connections to character, and developing a palpable sense of closeness to his plight.”

Shari Frilot

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Best User Experience

Chocolate

“We want to recognize a curious creation that possesses a broad appeal, whimsical, warm and fuzz tech-advanced silliness that leaves the audience with feelings of joyfulness and relaxation. The experience was fun; the visual environment was sophisticated with a beautiful level of polish; the UX was simple and delightful to use and complimented a clever physical installation. Many participants danced along to the music, and laughed throughout.”

Shari Frilot

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Best Interactivity

HanaHana

“We want to recognize a special work that Inspirited curiosity; we noticed the space was always busy. This work speaks to the performative element of watching VR in public, and speaks to a timeless communical quality that transcends individual participation. The work is art minded and poetic in form. The space was felt; and you were compelled to make your own fun, and jokes, and allows you to at once own your own expression while building upon other participants vision.”

Shari Frilot

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Special Prize - Innovation Storytelling

Ex/Static

“We want to recognize a unique work that possesses a balanced interplay of music and light, a graceful temporal progression, stunning detailed visuals, and a beautiful score. As a work that uses abstraction and symbolism to create a reflection of modern life that provokes self reflection, we felt that this is a work that delivers multiple layers of meaning, and we felt it could be unique upon rewatch.”

Shari Frilot

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Special Prize - Education

Las Meninas of Velasquez

“We want to recognize a very interesting work that shows how this new medium can spatially deconstruct a classic work of art, and in doing so, create new and surprising insights into the art and practice of painting. It offers insights on the act of seeing through meaningful use of spatial volume, and reveals the conversation between the painter, the painting, and the audience. We were energized to see how VR can reflect upon other art forms, and were struck by the power of VR to densely communicate complicated concepts in accessible ways.”

Shari Frilot

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