Invited Talk - 3rd July 2019 – 1pm, ARTS A, Room: A103
Talk by Winslow Turner Porter III on "Tree".

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Tree is an award-winning, immersive virtual reality experience that allows audiences to feel deforestation first-hand by transforming you into a majestic rainforest tree. You experience a tree’s life from a seedling to its fullest form and witness its fate firsthand. TREE puts you in a scientifically accurate rainforest environment, and uses multi-sensory elements (including wind, scents, rumbling) to give you the feeling of being there. Your arms are branches, your body is a trunk, and you can hear, smell, and feel the rainforest as you grow. Tree has screened at over 90 places in the world. At World Economic Forum in both Tianjin (2018) and Davos (2019), we showed Tree to world leaders including Sheikh Hamdan, the Crown Prince of the UAE and Madame Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of IMF; the company was then respectively invited to World Government Summit 2019 in Dubai and IMF Spring Meetings 2019 in Washington D.C..

Short Bio

Winslow Porter is a Brooklyn based director, producer and creative technologist specializing in virtual reality and large-scale immersive installations. Winslow has always been fascinated with the possibilities of how the intersection of art and technologycan elevate storytelling. In 2014 he produced the Tribeca Film Festival Transmedia Award-winning documentary CLOUDS, among other acclaimed new media projects. Winslow formed studio the New Reality Company with Milica Zec in 2016, creating the critically acclaimed cinematic VR experiences Giant and Tree. They were both named designers in residence at A/D/O, a BMW sponsored design center in Greenpoint Brooklyn; last fall the two were selected to Adweek’s Top 100 creatives as digital innovators. In 2018, Treewon the Lumiere award for Best Location Based VR Short at Warner Brothers Studios in Los Angeles, the Most Innovative Award at Games For Change, two Telly Gold Awards for Use of VR and Social Responsibility in Branded Content, and the Webby People’s VoiceAward for VR: Interactive, Game or Real-Time.

About the SCHI Lab

The SCHI Lab research lies in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), an area in which research on multisensory experiences makes a difference on how we design and interact with technology in the future. The interdisciplinary team explores tactile, gustatory, and olfactory experiences as novel interaction modalities.



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