So much of the excitement around VR has been based around what we see. This makes sense, as humans are predominantly visual animals. But at what cost? Immersion and presence aren’t only expressed through our eyes but through our ears, nose, fingertips, tastes, and sense of balance as well. Sound designers, cooks, dancers, and masseuses know as much about taking us on a journey as anyone and yet we rarely consult their expertise when designing for VR and AR, much to our detriment. In this panel we will explore how our senses interact to create the illusion of physical presence. How might our senses be manipulated into creating new versions of reality? What are the risks of sensory overload or de-sensitization? How might our senses evolve with this new stimulation?
Former Scent Critic New York Times
Chandler Burr is the former New York Times scent critic where he maintained the Scent Notes column. He is the author of two non-fiction books on scent: The Emperor of Scent and The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris & New York. Burr is also the author of a novel, You or Someone Like You. In 2010, Burr founded the Department of Scent Art (DSA) at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. His first exhibition as the department's curator was "The Art of Scent 1889-2012". In 2014, he curated "Hyper-Natural: Scent from Design to Art" at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Burr also creates scent dinners around the world collaborating with chefs including Lea Linster, Daniel Boulud, Vito Mollica, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Charlotte Furet | The F_T_R
Designer The F_T_R
Charlotte Furet is a designer at the F_T_R, an interdisciplinary design studio working at the intersection of speculation, imagination, prediction, and realization. Born and raised in Paris, she received her BA in Architecture from Barnard College and a dual masters in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. Alongside her experimental engagement with new technologies like synthetic biology and virtual reality, Furet has spent extensive time working in developing countries, designing, prototyping, testing, and implementing products, systems, and services aimed at improving people's lives.
Composer & Sound Designer Q Department & Mach1
Drazen Bosnjak is a composer, sound designer, and inventor based in New York City. He founded the music studio Q Department, the VR and AR sound technology company Mach1, and Department of Records. His projects, which have been shown at Art Basil Miami, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and the Tribeca Film Festival, include soundtracks and sound designs for films, television shows, advertisements, and virtual reality projects. In 2014, he composed a soundtrack for John Perry Barlow's narrated version of A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, which was featured in British filmmaker Adam Curtis's documentary Hypernormalisation. Bosnjak has worked on high-profile VR titles including The Martian VR and Mr. Robot VR, and Oculus Story Studios Dear Angelica.
Creative Director Marshmallow Laser Feast
Robin McNicholas is the Co-founder and Creative Director of the award-winning creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF). He has directed teams involved in large-scale installations, live performances, virtual reality, and mixed reality experiences, including MLF and Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen's collaborative, multi-sensory experiential project titled Sweet Dreams. His touring installations include Laser Forest (interactive sculpture); In the Eyes of the Animal, Laser Face, and Chameleon (mixed reality); Squarepusher (virtual reality); and ris (robotics, lasers).