Cooper Union | thursday, Oct 19
Immersive Science Storytelling
How we will be using new technology to tell science stories in the near and far future.

7 PM Panel Discussion & 8:30 PM Demos
Join us on Oct 19th at Cooper Union for a night devoted to science-focused projects in VR and AR!

7-8:30 PM PANEL
8:30-10 PM DEMOS

Reserve your spot!

Featuring a panel on the future of science storytelling led by Alex Pasternack, co-founding editor of VICE Motherboard.
The Panelists!

Sasha Samochina, Immersive Visualization Producer at NASA JPL
Yasmin Elayat, Founder/Creative Director of Scatter
Pohjankonna Oy, Finnish Experimental Production House
Momoko Seto, French Independant Artist
Winslow Porter, VR Director (Giant, Tree)
Moderated by Alex Pasternack, Co-Founding Editor of VICE
A sneak preview of the panelists and their work
Momoko Seto
Director & Filmmaker
Momoko Seto was born in Tokyo in 1980. After studying at the Tokyo French Lycée, she travelled to France to study Art at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Marseille, then at the Le Fresnoy National Studio of Contempoary Art. At the same time as working as a film director at the CNRS (National Centre of Scientific Research) in Paris, she makes experimental films mingling different genres. She has made a number of short films and documentaries, which have been presented and acclaimed at several international festivals. Her latest film PLANET ∑ received the Audi Short Film Award at the 65th Berlinale. She lives and works in France.
Planet ∞
Director: Momoko Seto
In a world in ruins, only fungi and mold grow in the middle of gigantic dried insects bodies. When a weather change occurs, rain irrigates the arid planet and floods it gradually. In the water springs an ecosystem, populated by giant carnivorous tadpoles.
Yasmin Elayat
New Media Storyteller and Creative Technologist
Yasmin Elayat (@yelayat) is a new-media storyteller, experience designer and creative technologist. Her work pushes the boundaries of immersive storytelling experiences ranging from new media documentary to immersive environments and interactive installations. Yasmin leverages emerging technology to create new forms of storytelling constructs, narrative frameworks and techniques to build engaging experiences that are collaborative and community-driven.

Yasmin, Director of Zero Days VR, is also the co-creator of 18DaysInEgypt, a participatory interactive documentary about the Egyptian Revolution which was named one the Moments of Innovation in Participatory Documentary by MIT Open Documentary Lab and IDFA DocLab. In 2014, Yasmin was named one of GOOD Magazine's GOOD 100 for her work as "an interactive documentarian pushing the world forward in inventive and inspiring ways". Yasmin is a Partner and Creative Director at Scatter, an immersive media studio specializing in translating today's most important stories through the creative use of technology into virtual, digital and physical worlds.
Zero Days VR
Director: Yasmin Elayat
Based on the Oscar short-listed Participant Media documentary Zero Days, Scatter's award-winning, immersive documentary Zero Days VR visualizes the story of Stuxnet in a new way: placing you inside the invisible world of computer viruses, experiencing the high stakes of cyber warfare at a human scale. Zero Days VR explores the next chapter of modern warfare through the true story of Stuxnet: the first cyber weapon in the world known to cause real-world physical damage. Audiences experience the invisible world of cyber warfare through the perspective of the virus on a clandestine mission hatched by the US and Israel to sabotage an underground Iranian nuclear facility.
Pohjankonna Oy
Experimental Production House
Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen are the directors of award-winning documentary films such as Emergency Calls (2013) and Death of an Insect (2010). Their latest film is a fulldome show called The Secret World of Moths (2015), currently on show at the Finnish Science Centre Heureka. Janne Pulkkinen works in the game industry and has taken part in creating the games Alan Wake (2012) and Quantum Break (2016), among others. Veikkolainen, Vartiainen, and Pulkkinen have explored the use of computed tomography in film and virtual reality. They are developing a unique microtomography visualization software designed for these purposes.
Winslow Porter
Film/VR Director, Producer and Creative Technologist
Winslow is a Brooklyn-based film and virtual reality director, producer, and creative technologist. Winslow has always been fascinated with the possibilities of how the intersection of art and technology can elevate storytelling. After beginning his career as a film editor and modern dance composer, Winslow attended NYU's Tisch's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and delved into the world of creative technology soon after. He now has six years of experiential work under his belt, and Giant is his fifth VR project. Winslow's previous work includes interactive experiences for Google, Delta, Diesel, TED, Merrel, and Wired. While at Carbon Pictures in 2015, Winslow produced the Tribeca Film Festival Transmedia Award-winning documentary CLOUDS.
Created by Winslow Porter and Milica Zec
See and feel what it is like to become a tree in this haptically enhanced VR experience. With your arms as the branches and your body as the trunk, you experience the growth from a seedling to its fullest form. Embrace your role in the majestic rain forest and witness the fate of the forest firsthand.
Sasha Samochina
Immersive Visualization Producer at NASA JPL
Sasha Samochina (sam-ocean-uh) is a Multimedia Specialist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She joined the media relations team at JPL in 2015. After dreaming up words, GIFs and short videos for @NASAJPL and @MarsCuriosity, as well as other JPL social media channels, she was inspired to explore the world of 360 video and VR. Sasha edited and produced the first 360 video release on social media for NASA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in film, video and new media. She's originally from St. Petersburg, Russia. She loves all things digital, animal, sound-emitting, cosmic and views the world through VR-colored glasses.
Thursday October 19, 2017

7-8:30 PM : Panel discussion
8:30-10 PM: Demonstrations

Frederick P Rose Auditorium & LL 101
Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square
New York,

A panel discussion on the future of science storytelling followed by VR/AR demos!

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