Julian Oliver - Improving Reality





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Lighthouse Presents
IMPROVING REALITY - 23 September 2011 - Pavilion Theatre, Brighton

A series of inspiring talks by thinkers from the technology, film, education and art worlds, exploring how technologies like augmented reality, 3D printing, and pervasive gaming are changing our understanding of the world.

Julian Oliver
Julian Oliver is a New Zealand born artist and critical engineer based in Berlin. Julian's practice spans software art, augmented reality, creative hacking, data forensics, virtual architecture, artistic game-development, and information visualisation. His projects, which include the award-winning levelHead, The Artvertiser and Packet Garden, have been presented at galleries, museums, events and conferences around the world, including Tate Modern, transmediale, Ars Electronica and the Japan Media Arts Festival. He recently won the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica 2011 for Newstweek, developed in collaboration with Danja Vasiliev.

Talk Synopsis
In 2008 Julian began using the term "improved reality" to frame a tactical relationship with his work in augmented reality, exemplified through projects such as The Artvertiser (2010). Since then, he has extended this position to accommodate strategies that look beyond computer vision techniques, allowing for a deeper interrogation of the mechanisms, consensus and control structures that inform what we call reality. Drawing on recent work, such as the award-winning Newstweek (2011), Julian will discuss various ways that artists, when working as critical engineers, can hack reality.


"Improving Reality" is part of the PARN project (Physical and Alternate Reality Narratives) which designs, develops, creates, exhibits and analyses contemporary forms for storytelling in a pan-European context. PARN as well as "Improving Reality" is made possible with the support of the Culture Programme (2007-2013) of the European Union.


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