Next month in Los Angeles, for one day only, a series of futuristic art installations and panels will bring together some of the brightest minds in art, entertainment, and technology. The Engadget Experience will be an opportunity to experience one-of-a-kind art exhibits and hear from the artists behind these projects.
A series of talks, interviews, and screenings will attempt to bridge the gap between these often disparate worlds of art and technology, and examine the challenges facing creative pioneers today.
To make The Engadget Experience happen, Engadget gave out the largest prizes ever in the field of immersive tech — $100,000 apiece to teams creating art from VR, artificial intelligence and even search results.
The artistic projects that will be part of the experience include:
Dance with flARmingos, a mixed reality experience that features a interspecies dance between humans and flamingos. For artist Kristin Lucas, it’s an opportunity to depart from a human-centered worldview.
Dinner Party, a virtual-reality thriller based on the true story of the Betty and Barney Hill UFO-abduction incident, the first nationally known UFO abduction in American history. After an inexplicable nighttime encounter, the Hills, an interracial couple living in 1960s America, sought hypnosis to recover memories of what they experienced. This hypnosis session was caught on tape, which the couple played in the company of friends at a dinner party.
Mapper’s Delight, a cultural tale representing worlds, experiences and gameplay told through hip-hop. Part explorer, part cultural critic, part archaeologist, part DJ, the Datanauts of Mapper’s Delight use sight, sound and touch to investigate the global distances traveled by the lyrics contained in each rap artist’s career while exploring the secret flows of hip-hop’s spacetime through a panoptic interface.
Untrained Eyes, a conceptual technology project that takes its inspiration from observing the explicit bias that can be found during everyday image searches within Google and other public-image archives. The installation is made up of a salon-style arrangement of images, all of which simultaneously display a face similar to one member of the audience, inciting the group to determine who the “lucky” person is.
Your Hands Are Feet, an interactive room-scale VR experience that places you in surreal realities made up of experiential metaphors. You start out in a kitchen with a carton of six eggs, which can be picked up and thrown or cracked on the countertop. Each egg acts as a portal to a new experience; the room is transformed into a surreal landscape, presenting a reality where your head can be in the clouds, the whole world can crumble around you, you can be all thumbs or have two left feet.
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Tickets for the Engadget Experience are on sale now at a temporarily reduced price, but one lucky reader can win two free tickets, plus a two-night stay at the Ace Hotel, a $1,000 airfare stipend and a collection of gadgets that includes the Amazon Echo, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Gear VR and a Smarthome automation bundle.
The Engadget Experience will take place at LA’s Ace Hotel on November 14th. Enter here to win tickets.