2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Tech and Theater: Audience Agency in Layered Reality

Monday, March 14
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Westin Austin Downtown
Paramount 1
310 E 5th ST

The audience decides via SMS the path this panel takes as it dives into technology integrations for performing arts. With a panel of artists & technologists, we’ll explore examples of audience agency, interactivity, & control, focusing on how integrations of technology from the ground up in the storytelling process results in authentic experiences not otherwise achieved through non-digital means. We’ll also look at emerging layered reality technology applications for performance.We’ll finish with examples of tech-washing, where organizations oversell old technologies as cutting edge, misusing terms for a marketing ploy - exploring these credibility-challenging pitfalls for artists to avoid.

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Liz Fisher at SXSW

Liz Fisher

Co-Artistic Dir

Whirligig Productions

Liz Fisher is an interdisciplinary theater artist based in Austin. For the past thirteen years she has worked as an actor, director, writer, and producer with some of Austin's most lauded companies...

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Michael Wilford at SXSW

Michael Wilford


Twisted Pixel Games

Michael Wilford is a video game developer and entrepreneur who founded Twisted Pixel Games in 2006, the studio behind Xbox 360 titles such as the award-winning The Maw, Splosion Man, and The Gunstr...

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Robert Matney at SXSW

Robert Matney

Chief Operations Officer

Polycot Associates LLC

Robert Matney is Co-Owner and COO of Polycot Associates, a web development agency and is a co-founder and Technology Director of Whirligig Productions. Robert is also Technology Director for Hidden...

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Tim Thomas at SXSW

Tim Thomas

Sr Software Dev

Unity Technologies

Tim Thomas is a senior developer with Unity Technologies, makers of the Unity game engine. Tim is also a playwright and theater producer. He has been a programmer and a member of Austin-based theat...

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