Keynote Speaker

Simon Wilkinson

Multi-award winning and internationally renowned transmedia storyteller, Simon Wilkinson, will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s SDSW Festival.

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The topic of Simon’s keynote is “Virtual Reality as a Punk Moment”

Virtual Reality arrives at an interesting time in terms of how culture is made and consumed. Audience trends show a dramatic shift away from the passive and linear to greater and more meaningful interactivity. Free software and access to education allow individuals to more easily become self-producers of content across multiple platforms. Huge changes are upon us! In many ways, VR is part of an ultimate punk moment, a democratisation of media where anyone willing to take the journey can start telling their story in a powerfully immersive way.

DON’T MISS THIS RARE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING TRANSMEDIA ARTISTS!

WHEN: Friday 19 October and Saturday 20 October 2018

WHERE:  Angaston Town Hall, Barossa Valley

TICKETS:  www.trybooking.com/XYIF

Specialising in immersive technologies and transmedia storytelling since 2008, Simon’s virtual reality artworks have been enjoyed in 21 nations across six continents, most recently in Qatar for Doha Film Institute’s QUMRA Festival.

“Having Simon Wilkinson as our keynote speaker is such a coup for our Festival, and our state.” 
Festival Steering Committee Chair, Lee Witczak