Dick Higgins , critical theorist and artist most notable known for his role in the development of happenings, is best remembered for co-founding the art movement Fluxus, founding Something Else Press, and popularizing the term intermedia.

Under the feudal system, society was divided in casts, and later this became the modern class system. Up until the present era (at the time of publication the 60s), this societal model is mimicked in the arts, with a clear separation between different media. …

Intel dévoile son studio de réalité virtuelle spécialisé en captation volumétrique

L’entreprise connue pour ses processeurs hyper performants a annoncé l’ouverture d’Intel Studio, un studio VR spécialisé en captation volumétrique pendant le Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 de Las Vegas, Nevada.

La captation volumétrique consiste à scanner en 3D des objets, des personnes et même des environnements entier à l’aide d’une matrice ou d’un dome composé de centaines de caméras. Le résultat est une représentation tridimensionnelle qui peut être intégrée à du contenu en réalité virtuelle.

Le studio s’étend sur plus de 2300 mètres carrés avec un système informatique capable de rivaliser avec ceux de la Nasa. Cela en fait le…

1. Youtube VR lancé sur Occulus Rift, HTC Vive et Windows Mixed Reality

Disponible sur PS VR et Google Daydream depuis plusieurs mois, Youtube VR est désormais téléchargeable sur les casques Vive, Rift et WMR.

L’application Youtube de VR est maintenant disponible sur tous le Rift et le Vive, ainsi que tous les casques WMR (Acer, Hp, Lenovo). Le Samsung Gear ne supporte toujours pas l’application, et aucune information n’a été communiquée à ce sujet.


2. Un très bon article d’Usbek et Rica sur la data à travers l’étude de cas d’un réseau social pour pêcheurs (c’est plus intéressant que le titre et pas très long, promis).

3. Un Hackathon VR organisé par l’INA en Janvier 2018 à Biarritz.

L’évènement est organisé par l’INA, le Smart Fipa (festival international de la création audiovisuelle), la région Nouvelle Aquitaine et Storycode. Du mercredi 24 janvier 18h au vendredi 26 janvier 18h30, 15 participants prototyperont un projet narratif innovant en VR et 360 avec l’aide des archives de l’INA (plus grosse ressource d’archives audiovisuelles au monde). …

Right, let’s take a quick look at what’s happening in the world of VR this month. Main takeaways include: the genre of comedy explored in VR storytelling, software supporting 3D modelling for Adobe and Halloween-related events.


VR studio Wevr just released EXTRAVAGANZA, a short film blending 3D animation and live action footage. Comedy isn’t VR’s favorite genre as of now, which makes EXTRAVAGANZA stand out. Directed by Ethan Shaftel, this short film puts the viewer in the shoes of several puppets trapped in a VR headset. Yes, it’s starting to get meta.

Confronted with his obvious blind spots and…

Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction (1994)

The Numbing Power of Images and the Aesthetic of Standardization

It has become a troublesome enterprise to demonize smoking, since it looks so elegant in films. Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction (1994) looks effortlessly fashionable with a cigarette in her hand. The shade of Chanel nail polish she wears on the poster and throughout the film sold out after the film was released. This indicates every visual code that made up Mia Wallace transformed her into an icon the general public identifies with, in spite of a set of morals some might not exactly approve of. She makes the viewer want to be like her, and since…

In The Medium is the Message, McLuhan subverts the common assumption within art that the message exists, and is then channeled through the medium. Using the analogy of a light bulb, it cannot spell out any message except for itself (on its own). No matter what our human usage is, we cannot
transfer meaning through it directly. Its message is depicted through its function and form. The light bulb alone has no ‘content’ until used to convey something. It therefore is entwined with the message is communicates. …

Theodore Adorno looking smug

In ‘Culture Industry Reconsidered’, Adorno expands upon his original proposal that popular culture is akin to a factory producing standardized goods for consumers. However, in this further text, Adorno focuses on the relationship between the industry and the consumer. Culture is valued for its
ability to appeal to the widest audience possible, resulting in largest profit. More than a fully capitalist venture, Adorno insists on the fact that the Culture Industry thrives on societal numbing and cultural homogeny.

Cultural production offers a sense of fleeting relief, which is constantly consumed as ‘the world wants to be relieved’. Banal content isn’t…

Our normalized perception of drag queens would see them
simply as performers putting on a show, offering their audience a
constructed version of femininity for the sake of entertainment.
However, there is more to drag than this.

« Men in dresses » has been a trope used in mainstream
comedy for a while now. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in Some
like it Hot (1959), Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Tyler
Perry as Madea, Adam Sandler in Jack and Jill (2011), and
countless others. …

Valentin Ducros

Jack of all trades. XR content writing & semiotics

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