XR Art & Networking 2024

Save the date! On June 26, there will be the 5th XR ART & NETWORKING in our EU-funded projects’ series.

The focus lies on three topics and we are very pleased that we could win excellent speakers for two of them:

  • Artistic Research – In this context, Dr. Marlene Bart will give a talk and also present her VR work Theatrum Radix as part of her artistic research.
  • Analogue Haptics – The haptic sense has so far been little integrated into XR experiences. Based on initial ideas, we would like to reflect with you on the possibilities of integrating haptic perception in mixed reality.
  • Autonomous avatars – Interactions with avatars start with verbal communication, but is there more to it? Xenia Klinge and Tanja Simeonovski from DFKI will give a presentation on this topic.

  • We are also planning a 1-hour workshop with our colleagues from DFKI to discuss and brainstorm about autonomous avatars in cultural formats, information booths with artistic XR experiences and, as always, a coffee van by the Spree! 

For the detailed programme, please visit this link

You can already register by sending an email to aurora@htw-berlin.de – if you are interested, please also mention your binding registration for the workshop with DFKI (directly after the talks at around 3.15 pm).

And our new fellow is …

Congratulations to our new Artistic Fellow Jens Isensee, who convinced our expert jury with his mixed reality project »Tauchgang« (wt) with Oculus Quest 3! In the interactive installation, he combines digital content with analogue objects made of disposable materials and sends users on a journey into the time after the Anthropocene. We are looking forward to the collaboration!

Website Jens Isensee: https://jensisensee.de/

XR Maker Space

From now on regularly! Every year, we offer two or three one-day XR Maker Spaces for creatives with previous knowledge. The first Maker Space at the end of 2023 was on the development of multiplayer projects in virtual reality, the second one will be on augmented reality in public space!

After each XR Maker Space, there will be an open access video tutorial published on our website, on Youtube and by our cooperation partner nachtkritik.plus.

The next two XR Maker Spaces will take place in autumn 2024!

More info about our Maker Space.

”Señor Pulpo“ is selected for “Digital Literature” section at BuchBasel 2023

Photo: C. Sarli / FKI, HTW Berlin

Happy to announce that the augmented reality artist’s book »Señor Pulpo« —developed by Christina Sarli and the HTW developer André Selmanagić in 2020/21 in the AURORA production lab—has been selected as one of 7 projects (of 90) at the “Digital Literature” section of this year’s BuchBasel on 17–19 November 2023!

Info Event

On 31.03.23 at 12 pm Prof. Jürgen Sieck and Maja Stark invite to an info event. For one hour, participants will have the opportunity to talk to the project management about the new ERDF project HERA and its AURORA XR School for Artists, the new course offerings and the current XR OPEN CALL, as well as to ask their questions.

New project grant in the framework of EFRE/INP-III project HERA!

Good news: Our application on a new project grand was approved!

»HERA – Handlungs- und Lernräume für Extended Reality Angebote mit der freien Kulturszene« is funded from 2023 to 2025 by the ERDF in the program »Stärkung des Innovationspotenzials in der Kultur III« (INP-III) gefördert und führt die beliebte AURORA School for Artists weiter – jetzt neu als AURORA School for XR Artists, mit Kursen zu allen XR-Technologien, auch für Fortgeschrittene, Open Calls und XR Art & Networking Events.

ZOOM-IN #2: Art and Augmented Reality

For the second issue of the series Zoom-In: Digitization in Art and Culture on 20 August, the Kulturförderpunkt Berlin cooperates with the AURORA School for ARtists for a glimpse into other realities: We immerse ourselves in the history of AR, have the technical basics explained and learn about AR applications in art and culture.

First and foremost, we look at the potential of AR, but also take a look at the discrepancy between the general idea and the actual possibilities of digitally augmented reality. We also learn more about the subtle difference to XR (Extended Reality) and the soon to be launched EU project for freelance creatives XR_Unites. We have invited exciting project makers who will take you on a journey and give you insights into the state-of-the-art of AR in art and culture.

20.08.2020, 4–6 p.m.

Maja Stark & Leonid Barsht | AURORA School for ARtists
Anke von der Heide | MIRAR
Theresa Reiwer | theresareiwer.de
Oliver Proske | Nico and the Navigators

For more information and registration see this link.
The event is held in German.

© Photo: Alexander Rentsch