In this talk, Tobias Williams and David Han will discuss the challenges facing artists and educators looking to incorporate XR design into their practice. Drawing on their own experiences as XR practitioners who firmly believe in the importance of barrier-free XR technology, they’ll explore how they have overcome some of these challenges, the outcomes of these attempts, and the roadblocks that still stand in the way of diversifying the field of creative voices participating in the development of XR content.
David Han is a media artist, scholar and educator whose work employs emerging technology to explore the boundaries between computation, cinema and immersive media. His current practice employs a formalist approach to explore the unique affordances of virtual reality (VR) and aims to understand and expand the range of possibilities for creative practice in VR.
Tobias Williams is an artist and educator based in Toronto, Canada. He holds an MFA from York University and currently works as an instructor at OCAD U, Humber College, The NEWVIEW SCHOOL and Toronto School of the Arts. His work has been shown both locally and internationally including exhibitions at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin as part of Transmediale, Material Art fair in Mexico City, The Brandscape In Toronto and the AGM in Mississauga.
Tobias’s art and research practice uses XR, 3d rendering, and animation to explore the relationship between art, society, and technology. Recent projects of his have focused on topics such as the history of Blockchain, the influence of platform-based algorithms on contemporary visual culture, and the ontology of virtual art spaces.