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Immersive Technologies Seminar Series: Awful Splendor

March 8 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us on March 1st for a talk with Andreas Rutkauskas about his project, Awful Splendor, in the Visualization and Emerging Media Studio (COM 107) at UBC Okanagan.

Awful Splendour, in tribute to the work of scientist Stephen J. Pyne, allows visitors to experience the aftermath and regeneration following wildfire in the Okanagan through stereoscopic immersive visualization. Working with a high-resolution camera outfitted with six lenses, the artist captures scenes from a range of fires that took place between 2003 and 2020. Visitors use passive 3D glasses to experience dynamic imagery on Canada’s highest-resolution, 3D, VR-ready video wall in the VEMS.

This talk is free and open to all, registration is not required.

This talk is presented as part of the Immersive Technologies Seminar Series, organized by NSERC CREATE in Immersive Technologies (CITech), a highly multidisciplinary graduate training program at UBC focusing on skills development and collaborative research to design immersive solutions for various real-world applications. Find out more about CITech.

About the Artist

Andreas Rutkauskas has been making photographs of landscapes for over twenty years, four of which have been dedicated to the aftermath and regeneration following wildfire. Andreas was the inaugural artist in residence at the Grantham Foundation for the Arts and the Environment (2020), a Research Fellow with the Canadian Photography Institute (2018), and currently teaches photography at UBC’s Okanagan campus, on the unceded traditional territory of the Syilx.

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March 8
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


The Commons (COM)
3297 University Way
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7 Canada
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Additional Info

Room Number
COM 107
Registration/RSVP Required
Event Type
Presentation, Talk/Lecture
Arts & Humanities, Culture & Diversity, Environment & Sustainability
Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students, Postdoctoral Fellows & Research Associates