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About iX 2019

iX 2019 – 360 PLAYGROUNDS

MAY 29 TO JUNE 1

ABOUT iX SYMPOSIUM

In 2014, Montreal’s Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) created iX, an annual symposium on Immersive eXperience. Artists, researchers, developers, producers and digital enthusiasts from around the world are invited to share their knowledge on the subject for five days at the SAT. Focused on exchange and learning, the iX Symposium program consists of lectures, workshops, demonstrations, dome shows (in the Satosphère) and hybrid works that can be discovered. The theme of the 2019 edition is « 360 Playgrounds», and it will run from May 29 to June 1st, 2019 at the SAT.

THEME 2019

An increasing number of collective and individual technologies are emerging and becoming new exploration areas for artists. iX 2019 will give you the opportunity to experiment with the latest iterations of these immersion technologies, whose growth is accelerated by advances in sensorial expansion, artificial intelligence, immersive computing and cloud computing, which together radically transform the world as we know it. The 2019 symposium formula will allow participants and speakers to reflect, experiment and play together in these great new creation spaces offered by creative immersive technology!

WHAT IS IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE ?

Immersive experience brings together the technologies that literally transport us into parallel worlds. Domes, virtual reality glasses, augmented reality or the immersive web are all tools that allow us to feel teleported into new worlds and that play with our senses.

What is the point of immersive experience?

First, we should mention that basically, humans are permanently immersed in the world around them. But what is fascinating about these new worlds is that they are totally created by humans, that they can allow us to live new experiences, and that they make us understand the world differently.

Where are we at today?

We are in a transition period: these technologies are in perpetual evolution, and some are still only prototypes. The limit between the physical and virtual worlds is bound to disappear to one day reach total transparency. And these new technologies are building the daily life of everyone’s tomorrow.

Thoughts from the SAT

At the SAT, we believe that living and developing the immersive experience while exploring these worlds allows us to deepen our perception of the world around us. However, it is our duty as experts to provide direction for this evolution and these changes by offering a space of exchange that takes the form of a playground between creators, researchers and spectators.

WHOM IS IT FOR AND WHY PARTICIPATE ?

Every year, iX welcomes artists, designers, researchers, developers, producers, and all those who are curious and passionate about immersive experiences. For this vibrant community, iX is where the latest hardware, creative workflows and distribution platforms meet seasoned innovators and talented creators.

The iX program is open and participatory, with an emphasis on workshops, demonstrations, lightning talks and premieres of groundbreaking artworks in the Satosphere (SAT’s state of the art large dome), the XR Sensorium and the neighbouring public spaces. These are all exemplary of the best practices in the immersive experiences creation and distribution ecosystem. iX 2019 participants will be invited to learn and teach one another, and to collectively forge the agenda for the medium of our time and spin its development.

ABOUT THE SOCIETY FOR ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY

A pioneer of technological arts in Quebec founded in 1996, the SAT is a unique gathering place that invites artists, researchers, professionals and digital enthusiasts to explore their 360°senses through its expertise, spaces, and artistic programming. The SAT includes a space for artist residencies (Labodôme), a research laboratory (Métalab), a training centre (Campus SAT), theatres including its famous Statosphere dome for artistic creations, as well as a restaurant (the Labo culinaire – Foodlab) !!

Today, it is internationally renowned for its active pioneering role in the development of immersive technologies (dome, virtual reality, etc.), interactivity and the creative use of very high speed networks (especially in telepresence).

ABOUT THE SATOSPHÈRE

With the aim to create tangible, all-encompassing audiovisual experiences, the Satosphere is the first permanent immersive theatre devoted to artistic development. The dome, which puts the audience at the center of the works, forms a 360-degree spherical projection screen that can accommodate up to 350 spectators.

  • Modular configuration : 180°, 210° and 230° vertically, by 360°
  • 18m diameter / 13m high
  • 8 video projectors / 157 speakers