fearless360º
fearless360º
immersive VR/AR production education and creative
 

showcase Xr

 

"They actually converted the planetarium dome into 180 degrees (viewing venue)."- James Kaelan, SIFFX ARTIST | THE DESERT SUN

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SHOWCASES

 

 TIMELINE OF INTERSECTIONS @ NONNY de la PEÑA RETROSPECTIVE

TIMELINE OF INTERSECTIONS @ NONNY de la PEÑA RETROSPECTIVE

SIFFX | JUNE 2016

Inspiring the Silicon Rainforest about the artistic, cultural and economic potential of immersive media was the genesis of SIFFX, Seattle's first immersive storytelling festival. SIFFX was: 4 days of virtual reality exhibitions, including the first retrospective of Nonny de la Peña's pioneering immersive journalism; 2 days of panels and workshops featuring local, national and international artists and technologists -- Nonny de la Peña, Joe Chen, Executive Technical Producer at Here Be Dragons, Toby Coffey of National Theater Immersive Storytelling Studio (UK), and "The Grandfather of VR" Tom Furness were among our featured guests. In collaboration with Washington Filmworks we produced FLY STORY, a 3 day incubator introducing 17 artists to immersive technology and storytelling. Realizing a dream to create a communal immersive experience, we partnered with OmniSpace Inc to convert the 80 foot dome at Pacific Science Center into a 180º immersive viewing venue. Over 500 people were showered in light and images from leading immersive content makers Within, RYOT, Wevr and The New York Times.  Learn more about SIFFX.

 NFFTYX 360º SHORTS GALLERY @ MOPOP

NFFTYX 360º SHORTS GALLERY @ MOPOP

NFFTYX | APRIL 2017

Teaching young people media making has been the cornerstone of our careers and so joining up with NFFTY, one of the best festivals for young makers, to launch their inaugural 360º program was a perfect match. We curated a program of international 360º shorts for the NNFTYX VR gallery at MoPOP. VR Artist Scott Crawford joined us to demo his room scale art and oversee the creation of the NFFTYX Exquisite Corpse. VR pioneers Rose Troche (If Not Love, The Misdemeanor) and James Kaelan (The Visitor) spent 2 days working with the 45 makers in the NFFTYX Bootcamp. Dacia Saenz (Adobe AE) led a lively conversation with Rose Troche, James Kaelan and  Kayla Briët about the importance of "building XR forward" by infusing the development of these new tools with diverse voices, expressions and experiences.  NFFTYX was sponsored by Oculus.  Learn more about NFFTYX

 MACHINE TO BE ANOTHER @ TWIST360º

MACHINE TO BE ANOTHER @ TWIST360º

TWIST360º | October 2016

Building on SIFFX, fearless collaborated with TWIST queer film festival to produce TWIST360º, the  first queer immersive storytelling festival. The program included a VR Shorts Gallery, featuring work from National Theatre (UK), The New York Times, as well as Seattle artists Dacia Saenz and Wes Hurley. We hosted a 360º photo booth at the Opening Night party and projected the photos onto a 16 foot weather balloon (until it got popped by a party goer!).  Indie cinema and VR pioneer Rose Troche joined us as a featured guest to speak about her journey from traditional filmmaking into VR and work with 15 local artists in the TWIST360º Bootcamp.  The showcase event was The Machine To Be Another,  a virtual reality experience exploring the relationship between identity and empathy.  BeAnotherLab, the creators of Machine To Be Another, came from Barcelona for five days of conversations, presentations and virtual body swapping at CoMotion Lab, Erickson Theater and Lake Washington Girls Middle School. TWIST360º was sponsored by Oculus.  

 VRVe @ BALLARD PUBLIC LIBRARY

VRVe @ BALLARD PUBLIC LIBRARY

VRVE Mobile Media 

VRVe - the Virtual Reality Re-creation Vehicle --  takes on the road what we've learned about exhibiting and teaching immersive technology to general audiences.  VRVe is a public engagement pop-up media project bringing immersive technology and storytelling to libraries, festivals, schools and community organizations in the Silicon Rainforest. The program explores themes of portals, transportwhat's old is new, and wherever you go, there you are!, and places high tech in low tech settings in which visitors: sit around the digital campfire and experience360º oral histories made by local artists; learn about stereoscopic photography and the connection between analogue Viewmasters and VR headsets; and wander through a magical augmented reality flower project, Reforestation of the Imagination, by Ginny Ruffner and Grant Kirkpatrick. We launched a prototype of VRVe @ MoPOP this spring, and this summer brought VRVe to: the Media Arts Skills Center @ Seattle Center; opening night of the Borderlands Exhibition @ King Street Station; and the Ballard Public Library. Announcements about the next VRVe tour stop coming soon!

 

CREATE XR

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CREATIVE

 

WHAT IS REALITY | PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER

fearless360º has been consulting with Pacific Science Center on design, curation, and longer term incubation projects for a new initiative exploring the intersections of art + technology + science + REALITY called WHAT IS REALITY.  This summer fearless360º designed and curated a 5,000 square foot incubator space featuring award-winning immersive experiences TREE, LIFE OF US, and MACHINE TO BE ANOTHER, a presentation area with an immersive curved screen, and a lounge/co-working area with a REALITY BAR.

 

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CREA MEDIA

CREA is a cutting edge human rights NGO based in New Delhi that's redefining advocacy for reproductive, disability and sex worker rights.  fearless is proud to produce a range of media projects with CREA, including teaching and documenting the filmmaking unit at SELF ACADEMY, a two week self-empowerment camp for young women from rural areas throughout India.

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OCTAVE 9 | SEATTLE SYMPHONY

In the spring of 2017, fearless consulted on the creative design of Octave 9, Seattle Symphony's new immersive performance space. Working closely with the team at LMN Architects, fearless led educational and creative sessions and facilitated design swarms to explore and define the intersections of XR technology and the future of the orchestra.  Read about the project here.

 
 
 MAURICE HALL IN BEFORE WE FLEW LIKE BIRDS WE FLEW LIKE CLOUDS

MAURICE HALL IN BEFORE WE FLEW LIKE BIRDS WE FLEW LIKE CLOUDS

BEFORE WE FLEW LIKE BIRDS WE FLEW LIKE CLOUDS

Choreographer/Performer KT Niehoff invited fearless to direct two 360º videos for her immersive performance Before We Flew Like Birds We Flew Like Clouds, which explores the experiences of people who have extreme relationships to their bodies. One video profiles a para rower and the other a professional inline skater.  Water and speed presented unique challenges for shooting in 360º.  Learn more about the project. KT was a participant in the FLY STORY incubator at SIFFX.

 

spark XR

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INCUBATORS

 

CREATIVE EXCHANGE LAB

The Creative Exchange Lab is a BIG IDEA that arose out of fearless360º’s work with Washington Filmworks and their move toward expanding their mission beyond the film industry to encompass the Creative Economy. fearless' proposal is to build a home for that economy. The Creative Exchange Lab would be part work space, part open-source R & D Lab, part education and work-force retooling, part exhibition venue, part gear rental and production studio, part networking space and job board – a hub  that’s central to the success of industry, creative professionals, government, artists, students, and our community in the Silicon Rainforest.  Learn about the 2018 Creative Exchange Lab summer pilot.

 
 LEARNING TO "FRAME" IN 360º @ TWIST360º BOOTCAMP

LEARNING TO "FRAME" IN 360º @ TWIST360º BOOTCAMP

NFFTYX BOOTCAMP

45 youth makers and educators participated in the NFFTYX bootcamp, learning the basics of thinking and shooting in 360 degrees. Guest artists Rose Troche (indie & VR pioneer) and James Kaelan (The Visitor) spent 2 days working with the students to produce 5 single shots films that were shown at the closing night party at KCTS9.   

 
 IMMERSIVE MEDIA ARTIST EMILY EFFLER TALKS WITH FLY STORY PARTICIPANTS @ SIFFX

IMMERSIVE MEDIA ARTIST EMILY EFFLER TALKS WITH FLY STORY PARTICIPANTS @ SIFFX

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TWIST360º BOOTCAMP

Fifteen Seattle artists and filmmakers were selected to participate in the TWIST360º Bootcamp, a day-long lab for queer artists and artists interested in making queer-themed content in immersive 360º storytelling.

Participants were introduced to the history, gear, and potential impact of immersive media. They experimented with 360º cinematography and developed a 360º project concept to present to indie cinema & VR pioneer Rose Troche. Rose worked with each project group, providing valuable feedback and concrete next steps.

 
 ROSE TROCHE & NFFTYX BOOTCAMPERS PLAN THEIR 360º SINGLE SHOT FILM

ROSE TROCHE & NFFTYX BOOTCAMPERS PLAN THEIR 360º SINGLE SHOT FILM

FLY STORY

FLY STORY, a collaboration with Washington Filmworks, brought 17 Seattle artists, from a range of disciplines, together at SIFFX to learn about the intersection of art + immersive technologies. In addition to attending panel discussions and workshops, FLY STORY artists met with  culture and civic leaders, including representatives from the Office of Arts & Culture, Mayor's Office of Film and Music and Virtual World Society, to dream about the future of immersive storytelling in Seattle. 

Many of these artists are now incorporating 360º media and thinking into their work and have forged collaborations with fellow FLY STORY participants. See Before They Flew Like Birds They Flew Like Clouds. 

 

evangelize XR

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EDUCATION

 
 

XR FOR EVERYONE

Spreading the gospel about the artistic, cultural and economic transformational potential of XR is what we do.  We've brought our enthusiasm, insights and advocacy to:  The Future of Storytelling, IMMERSE SummitWashington State Legislature Committee for Technology & Economic DevelopmentSeattle Office of Film & Music Interactive Happy Hour, MarketMix, Upstream Music Summit, Network of Ensemble TheatersOlson Kundig, Seattle Interactive SummitTedX, Leadership TomorrowBig Sky Documentary FestivalLesbians Who Tech, Radio Survivor,  2018 NW Media Summit: Access The Future. Contact us about speaking to your audience.

 
 EDITING 360º @ MEDIA ARTS SKILLS CENTER PILOT

EDITING 360º @ MEDIA ARTS SKILLS CENTER PILOT

 

VR CAMP WITH SIFF & MOPOP

In collaboration with Seattle International Film Festival & MoPOP, fearless developed and taught a 360º VR camp for high school students.  It was an action packed two-weeks of:  exploring Seattle Center Campus in 360º;  experimenting with binaural sound recording; and enhancing VR experiences with sets, haptics and sensory elements.  Campers got a chance to experience room-scale interactive VR during a field trip to Oculus, and they did a lot of math, measuring and cutting to construct (in less than 24 hours!) a 9 foot geodesic projection dome.

 
 PRESENTING " THE SILICON RAINFOREST" TO WA STATE LEGISLATURE

PRESENTING " THE SILICON RAINFOREST" TO WA STATE LEGISLATURE

MEDIA ARTS SKILL CENTER PILOT

In July 2017, fearless360º ran a pilot of the Creative Exchange Lab at the Media Arts Skills Center.  We brought in a stellar line up of visiting artists, including the panographers at Panogs, Laura James and Jake Fennell, to work with the students on traditional and 360º videos exploring the theme "ME/WE Our Future City." The students presented their projects at VRVe on the Seattle Center campus and hosted live stream conversations with school board and mayoral candidates about their hopes and fears for future Seattle.  The Media Arts Skill Center summer pilot was a partnership of the Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Public Schools, fearless360º, Scott Macklin, and The Paul G Allen Family Foundation, and was led by instructor Dillon de Give.

 
 HEADSET & GEODESIC DOME IMMERSION @ VR CAMP

HEADSET & GEODESIC DOME IMMERSION @ VR CAMP