KPU VR TALK SERIES
[KPU VR Lab Speaker Series] #4 Oops, I Did it Again Learning to Love My Mistakes in Design
Reflecting on his five years in XR production, Sean Ronan offers insight into his biggest creative blunders, the best (or at least better) practices he has learned along the way, and the comfort of coming to accept that failure isn’t just part of the process, it is the process. Sean Ronan is a co-founder of Hammer & Tong, where he produces and designs creative, narrative content. His work is increasingly transmedia in nature, shifting between digital and XR, and often focuses on culturally-significant, and often culturally-sensitive content, especially stories that address the historical experiences of marginalized communities. He is currently leading development on Valley, a narrative AR game companion to Shadow of the Rougarou (2022) a forthcoming limited series on APTN and components of his ChinatownXR are on exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver.
[KPU VR Lab Speaker Series] #3 Craft Experience through Digital Fabrication and Virtual Reality
The talk presents Nimkulrat’s exploration of transforming the analogue form into digital one using a range of techniques, including 3D scanning, CAD, Virtual Reality (VR), 3D printing, and slip casting. These activities act as both a survey of digital fabrication capabilities and a way of exploring new thinking mechanisms offered by this emerging form of practice. The exploration seeks to broaden our understanding of the maker's role within the capabilities and limitations of digital interface and fabrication. Dr. Nithikul Nimkulrat intertwines research with textile practice, focusing on experiential knowledge in craft processes. Before joining OCAD University (Canada) as Associate Professor in Material Art & Design and currently Acting Chair of the program, Nithikul worked at the Estonian Academy of Arts (Estonia, 2013–2018), Loughborough University (UK, 2011–2013) and Aalto University (Finland, 2004–2010), where she earned a doctorate (2009). She is the main editor of Crafting Textiles in the Digital Age (Bloomsbury, 2016) and CoDesign’s journal special issue on experiential knowledge and collaboration (2020).