Concerns about equality and inclusion in emerging new media will be raised in this panel and thus help mitigate blind spots.
But their “boundary issue” concerns are more focused on lessening our vulnerability to bad actors-people and entities that seek to exploit the disruption of new media and emerging technology for unethical objectives.
Tamara Shogaolu, Director — Ado Ato Pictures, Pays-Bas
Marie Blondieaux, Producer — Red Corner, France
Laurie Brugger, Head of Rigging — Framestore, Canada
Zohar Kfir, New Media Artist, États-Unis

Presended by Québec/Canada XR
Wirh the support of Conseil des arts du Canada, Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and Consulat général de France à Québec


Friday October 18, 2019

Agora Hydro-Québec du Coeur des sciences de l'UQAM

With the presence of

Tamara Shogaolu

Tamara Shogaolu is the founder and creative director of Ado Ato Pictures and is a member of the XRBASE virtual and augmented reality incubator. She is an international director and new media artist with a track record in featuring her work at film festivals, galleries, and museums worldwide, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Indonesia. Her innovative approach to storytelling has led to sources like The Guardian and Vogue Magazine naming her a leader in the field of new and immersive media. She is a 2018 Sundance Institute New Frontier Lab Programs Fellow and a 2019 Gouden Kalf Nominee. Shogaolu is an artist interested in pushing herself and others around her outside the boundaries of traditional storytelling. She strives to share stories across mediums, platforms, and virtual and physical spaces in order to promote cross-cultural understanding and challenge preconceptions. She was a Burton Lewis Endowed Scholar for Directing at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she graduated with an MFA. Shogaolu was also a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt, a Luce Scholar in Indonesia, and an Academy Nicholls Fellowship Semifinalist.

Marie Blondiaux

Marie Blondiaux is producer and associate of Red Corner since 2012. She obtained 3 master degrees of Sciences-Po Paris and La Sorbonne (Comparative literature and Audiovisuel Law). She worked for the French national Board for Books, the Ministry of Culture, BBC Worldwide before joining Capa Agency as film and digital projects manager. She produced the Web and VR experiences : Phi, Wanted 18, Le dernier Gaulois, Radioactivity, Animals and us, SENS VR and 7 lives.

Zohar Kfir

Zohar Kfir is a New York-based media artist, educator and director of immersive experiences; working with social impact documentary materials in hopes to amplify the voices of those who need to be heard. Zohar has shown her award winning work widely in galleries, festivals and conferences including Tribeca Film Festival; World VR Forum; NYUFF; Transmediale; FACT Liverpool; Oberhausen Film Festival; SIGGRAPH; ISEA and RIDM; and reviewed in TIME Magazine; The Creators Project; Engadget; i-Docs and Forbes among others. Zohar’s latest VR project, Testimony, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, is an interactive documentary for virtual reality that shares the stories of five survivors of sexual assault and their journey to healing. Beyond just a film, Testimony is an advocacy platform t allow the public to bear witness to those who have been silenced. This award-winning project was invited to participate at the inaugural edition of DevLab, which was initiated by Oculus and Kaleidoscope VR in 2016 and received generous funding from Oculus VR for for Good. Testimony had been shown widely in prominent venues such as Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade, Cannes Lion, FNC and was a Finalist for the World VR Forum Journalism Prize and was awarded Best Director and Experimental Advocacy of the SIMA Awards 2018.

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