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Full-Body Immersive Virtual Reality Exhibit | SF

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Monday, August 17, 2015 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; first come, first serve tickets may be available at the door

Swissnex | Pier 17, The Embarcadero #800, San Francisco, CA 94111

Event Details

Join in on the opening reception of the Inside Real Virtuality exhibit at swissnex San Francisco, a multi-user immersive platform combining a 3D environment seen through a virtual reality headset, with a real-life stage set.

Learn the secrets behind this full-body immersive experience, put on a VR headset, and enjoy the ride

Free, but an RSVP is required. First come, first serve ticket may be available at the door.

Users are tracked by a motion capture system, allowing them to physically move through a virtual environment—a pharoah’s tomb, a maze, a dance performance—in which they can see their own bodies and interact with other people. Their movements, streamed with very low latency, exactly match their avatar’s in the simulation.

swissnex San Francisco’s visitors have the opportunity to experience three different environments.

“Walking through a Pharaoh’s tomb” allows users to explore an ancient Pharaoh’s tomb in its initial splendor, before it was looted centuries ago. Visitors explore the tomb by foot carrying a virtual torch to illuminate their surroundings. The Geneva-based startup Kenzan created the scenography and 3D modeling of the virtual environment.

“Prepare to be aMazed!” plays with your senses and emotions. Users progress through a maze and must use their dexterity to avoid the traps and surprises.

“A ballet from the inside” aims to create a virtual performance of a contemporary dance where users can embed themselves into the piece and watch from every point of view as the dancers evolve, as if they were themselves actors on stage. Research and motion capture prototype for this work was done by Cie Gilles Jobin in Geneva. The choreography is by Gilles Jobin, the dancers are Gilles Jobin and Susana Panades Diaz, and the music is by Franz Treichler.

The Real Virtuality platform was developed by the Geneva-based foundation Artanim. Catch Artanim’s co-founders, Caecilia Charbonnier and Sylvain Chagué, on their first US tour and hear the secrets behind their incredible installation. Put on a VR headset, load a virtual environment, and enjoy the ride.

Opening Reception Program
6:30 pm:  Doors open and Real Virtuality sessions begin
7:00 pm:  Hear from the Real Virtuality creators
7:30 pm:  Real Virtuality sessions continue
9:30 pm:  Doors close

Exhibit Hours
Can’t make it to the opening reception? Stop by the Inside Real Virtuality exhibit at swissnex San Francisco:
Tuesday – Friday, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm*
Walk-ins welcome. Contact swissnex for media inquiries or a group appointment.
(*closes at 6:30 pm on August 19 for a private event)

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; first come, first serve tickets may be available at the door
Categories: *Top Pick*, Art & Museums, Geek Event, San FranFREEsco
Venue: Swissnex
Address: Pier 17, The Embarcadero #800, San Francisco, CA 94111