OCAD University showcases Virtual Reality at VRTO 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 10:00am to Monday, June 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

OCAD University students and faculty are showcasing their work in virtual reality and augmented reality at VRTO 2017, with workshops, keynotes, and experiences in virtual and augmented reality, spanning the breath of technology and techniques that have contributed to the success of virtual and mixed reality technologies today.

OCAD U staff and students receive a discount of 45% off when they use the code OCAD2017 on Eventbrite.

President, Dr. Sarah Diamond will be delivering the keynote address.

OCAD U participants:

  • Michael Page will be speaking about Holography, and showing some of his work in the Multimodal Experience Pavilion
  • Alex Mayhew is showcasing his AR work in the Multimodal Experience Pavilion
  • Claire Brunet will be speaking about her work on 3D scanning, and demonstrating in the Innovation Room.
  • Hector Centeno Garcia will demonstrate spatial audio and physical interactions in a virtual reality
  • Fasun Uzun is showing her short film experience in VR.

Date: June 25th and 26th

Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Daily.



Venue & Address: 
Rogers Communications Centre, 80 Gould St., Toronto, Ontario

Digital Futures (DF) & CFC Media Lab Present: A Very VR Afternoon w/ Hector Garcia & Michael Naimark

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Digital Futures (DF), Graduate Studies (GS) in Partnership with CFC Media Lab Present… A Very VR Afternoon

Wednesday, October 12th

1:00PM – 4:00PM VA Lab,

Room 720, 205 Richmond St. W.

OCAD University

1:00PM – 2:30PM

Hector Centeno Garcia

Digital Futures graduate and researcher

"Sitting Under a Highway” VR Presentation and Demonstration

Sitting under a highway is a research-creation project by Hector Centeno Garcia and presented as an interactive audiovisual virtual and presential space. By wearing a head-mounted display (VR), a hand tracking device, headphones and an electroencephalography band, the audience experiences photorealistic 3D visuals and spatial audio that are the product of an artistic practice centred on the attentive aesthetic exploration of a physical place. - See more at: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/digital-futures.htm#sthash.Lq3htrWZ.J47zaAV7.dpuf

The virtual reality space that the user inhabits is activated through the combined measurement of concentration and relaxation through an EEG reader. A hand tracker allows the user to also physically interact in space. Through mindfulness we engage with the environment, in the hope that art created with such processes can contribute to a better understanding of the disconnect that exists between post-modern society and our inhabited places. Awarded Best Creative Work and Best Thesis Document, Digital Futures Graduate Program, OCAD University.


2:30PM – 3:00PM Break: social discussion and refreshments

3:00PM – 4:00PM

Michael Naimark 

Guest artist, inventor, scholar, and coach in emergent media and immersive experiences

Presentation and discussion on VR Cinematography

Michael Naimark is a media artist and researcher who often explores "place representation" and its impact on culture, and is actively engaged in understanding the dynamics between art and technology, with an uncanny track record of art projects presaging widespread adoption, often by decades. He is noted in the histories of Google Street ViewProjection Mapping, and Virtual Reality (and, some claim, the Facebook Like Button); and in ongoing work with cinematic crowdsourcinglive global video, and cultural heritage. Michael has directed projects with support from Apple, Disney, Atari, Panavision, Lucasfilm, Interval, and Google; and from National Geographic, UNESCO, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Exploratorium, the Banff Centre, Ars Electronica, the ZKM, and the Paris Metro. He occasionally serves as faculty at USC Cinema's Interactive Media Division, NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, and the MIT Media Lab.


Venue & Address: 
Wednesday, October 12th 1:00PM – 4:00PM VA Lab, Room 720, 205 Richmond St. W. OCAD University
416 977 6000 x423
VR Poster