This May, Houseguest will activate Pioneer Courthouse Square with its fourth Artist in Residence of the 2016-2017 season. Portland Immersive Media Group (P.I.M.G.) will exhibit “You Are Here,” an immersive and interactive virtual reality experience May 26-28, 2017. “You Are Here” will be free and open to the public, with viewing accessibility Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 11am-6pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
During the weekend, visitors to Pioneer Courthouse Square will be able to interact with Virtual Reality (VR) through multiple experiences. Audiences will be able to traverse the physical and digital world through “Liminal Passage,” experience an idealized digital version of Pioneer Courthouse Square in VR, escape to anywhere in the world through Google Earth VR, and be transported by several experimental performances throughout the weekend. Join in throughout the weekend to hear from VR experts Kent Bye and Amber Case, and attend performances by Golden Retriever and EMS. Other acts to be announced soon.
Friday, May 26:
4:00pm-6:00pm – TGIF “VR Spa” treatments for Portland’s hard working folk
7:00pm-8:00pm – Commencement ceremony featuring music by Golden Retriever
9:00pm-10:00pm – Pioneer Courthouse Square in High Fidelity featuring music by Location Services
Saturday, May 27:
3:00pm-4:00pm – Tech Talk: Kent Bye – “The Ultimate Potential of Virtual Reality”
4:00pm-5:00pm – Workshop: “Metafesto: Refiguring Social Media, Preparing for the Metaverse” w/ Matthew E. Henderson
7:00pm-9:00pm – DJ Carly Barton + VR lounge
9:00pm-10:00pm – Performance: EMA + EMS with movement artists exploring motion capture
Sunday, May 28:
1:00pm-4:00pm – Pioneer Courthouse Square in High Fidelity
2:00pm-3:00pm – Tech Talk: “Designing Calm Technology” with cyborg anthropologist and ‘calm tech’ advocate, Amber Case