Immersive Futures at WeWork, BKC -Mumbai

The first edition of Immersive Futures which unfolded on March 26th at WeWork, BKC - Mumbai was an evening of explorations and dialogues on the new wave of immersive content. It brought together a talented pool of practitioners to share exciting approaches to shaping our creative futures

An opening keynote address on immersive media futures by Tejas Nair // Future Fiction presented a primer to immersive media, as well as emerging trends that can shape its future. The keynote followed presentations by 4 practitioners and some of India’s most experimental artists/ designers/ storytellers who shared their experiments with exciting new media tools and immersive media content:

  • Sajid Wajid Shaikh || Visual Artist & Illustrator || Studio Forty Six and Two Studio
  • Jyoti Narayan || Designer & Storyteller || Quicksand Design Studio
  • Ayushi Patni || Visual Artist & Illustrator || Independent Creator
  • Soham Sarcar || Co-Founder || Transhuman Collective

Ayushi Patni (Visual Artist & Illustrator)

The Immersive Futures evening followed into a panel discussion with Sajid Wajid Shaikh, Jyoti Narayan, Ayushi Patni and Soham Sarcar titled ‘New Tools, Old Ways’ which explored how creators are evolving and expanding their creative horizons using traditional as well as emergent practices and navigating into an immersive world.

The panel followed a talk on Speculative Design and the various forces that shape contemporary Indian projects meant for a global stage with Avinash Kumar // Quicksand Design Studio & Future Fiction.

Avinash Kumar (Co-Founder & Creative Director at Quicksand Studios & UnBox)

The evening concluded with a panel titled ‘Community Building for Immersive Media’ which looked at community building while celebrating spaces and platforms that are bringing people together to help build a sustainable future and better understand the landscape for immersive media content in the Indian context. The panelists were:

  • Avinash Kumar || Creative Director & Co-Founder - Quicksand Design Studio & UnBox
  • Upasana Mukherjee || DICE Ecosystem & Indian Centre for Immersive Media
  • Tejas Nair || Vitamin E, Future Fiction, Spryk  

A virtual reality film showcase titled ‘Australia and India Virtual Reality Showcase’ encouraged attendees to explore experimental media formats. The VR showcase featured cutting-edge immersive entertainment featuring award-winning Australian VR films and a curated set of Indian films.

The evening also featured a curated cocktail mixer powered by Hennessy & Svami Tonic. This presented itself as a great opportunity for networking within the community to explore and forge new relationships.

Hennessy Open Bar at Immersive Futures 2019
Swami Tonic's Open Bar at Immersive Futures 2019

The first edition of Immersive Futures brought together over 80 experts and explorers alike with the larger goal of building community among India’s technology and creative professionals by delighting them with new experiences and stimuli as well as enabling them to engage with emerging mediums in the digital space.

Produced by the creators of EyeMyth Media Arts Festival - India’s first festival of immersive media expressions, in the coming months Immersive Futures will continue to explore immersive media content. A series of events will act as a primer for the upcoming fourth edition of EyeMyth Media Arts Festival later in November this year. Our intent is to trace an outline for immersive media landscape across India & South Asia and the Immersive Futures event series is an attempt in that direction.

In the coming months, keep an eye out for Immersive Futures in your city. We hope to bring together a community of established as well as young and independent practitioners of emerging new media.