Dialogs LA
1:00PM – Virtual Art in the Real World
Presented by: LACMA
Speakers: Jorge R. Gutiérrez and Nancy Baker Cahill, Artists; Britt Salvesen and Jesse Damiani, Curators

Location: Dialogs LA Booth BB1

Dialog: Two of the artists included in “Virtual Futures: XR Showcase,” Jorge R. Gutiérrez and Nancy Baker Cahill, will join Britt Salvesen (curator, LACMA) and Jesse Damiani (curator and editor-at-large, VRScout). The artists will discuss their own trajectories, from traditional media such as painting and drawing to virtual and augmented reality technologies. The panel will also address questions of access and diversity in the XR space.

Britt Salvesen joined LACMA in October 2009 as curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and the Prints and Drawings Department. Previously, she was director and chief curator at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, and adjunct professor in the Art History Department. She received her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art and her PhD from the University of Chicago.

In 2016, Salvesen was named one of the year’s most influential curators by Artsy and received an award for curator of the year from the Los Angeles Art Show. Her most recent curatorial projects at LACMA are Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium (winner of a Lucie Award and a Global Fine Art Award) and Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, both 2016; VR installation Alejandro González Iñárritu: Carne y Arena (2017); and 3D: Double Vision, which opened at LACMA in July 2018.

Jesse Damiani is Editor-at-Large of VRScout, a Forbes contributor, and CEO of Galatea, a screenwriting and project management tool for VR and AR stories. Other work appears in Adweek, Billboard, Entrepreneur, HuffPost, IndieWire, and Quartz; with syndication in The New Digital Storytelling textbook, Columbia Journalism Review, and REDEF. He served as curriculum writer/editor for Google’s “VR and 360 Video Production” and “Introduction to Augmented Reality and ARCore” courses as well as a mentor in YouTube’s VR Creator Lab. He regularly speaks at industry events and shows such as Cheddar, Millennials Don’t Suck, and No Proscenium. Last year he was interviewed as an expert source in the AP guide for immersive journalism and was listed as a top global VR influencer by Onalytica.