November 25, 2016: Otlet Salons BOZAR/CREW Edition

Save the date – Otlet Salons BOZAR/CREW Edition Nov 25, 2016

We want to invite you to the sixth Edition of Otlet Salons, which you can already register for at otlet.salons@gmail.com:

We are extremely happy to host the next Edition of Otlet Salons at BOZAR, Brussels on Friday 25th of November 2016, from 7PM to 10:30PM. Keynote is Eric Joris, internationally recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of virtual reality and mediated performances. CREW and Eric Joris participate in European and international academic and technological research programmes . A result of these international collaborations will be part of this Otlet Salons Edition! We start this Edition by visiting the CREW installation C.A.P.E. DROP-DOG. Put on your virtual reality glasses and experience poetry in 3D! This virtual performance is inspired by two texts by the Dutch poet and author Tonnus Oosterhoff. Cutting-edge technology means you can immerse yourself in a 360° poetic universe.

The subject: ‘Virtual Reality’ appears to be transformational by nature: instead of looking at an image, one feels to be a part of it. This embodiment is enhanced by physical movement, touch, sound, etc… Inside VR the distinction between live and mediated reality blurs. It is this shifting moment in between the perceived and the embodied world, the ‘transitional zone’ that became ‘the stage’ of CREW’s live performances and research.

Interacting with tools changes the way we think and perceive – This echoes Marshall McLuhan’s famous line “we shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us”. [McLuhan, 64]. This evening we discuss this ‘transformational’ aspect and the major implications of it.

Registration is free but compulsory at: otlet.salons@gmail.com. Please note that registration closes Fri November 18, 2016 and is limited to 40 people, so we can optimally accommodate all guests.
This invitation is strictly personal, but if you know other potentially interested and interesting people, please let us know, so we can invite them too!
More information regarding panel members and the program will follow shorty.

Looking forward to welcome you!
The organizing committee,

Dr. Bert Vercnocke (Postdoctoral researcher, KU Leuven)
Charlotte Saelemakers (Educational Policy and Student Counceling, AP University College)
Prof. Dr. Glenn Magerman (Assistant Professor International Economics, ULB)
Pieter-Jan Valgaeren (Artistic Director Stadstriënnale Hasselt-Genk; Lecturer Thomas More)