Virtual reality creative community organization Kaleidoscope has joined forces with tech company Oculus to launch DevLab, a new initiative to support independent VR creators and explore the boundaries of the medium as an art form. The program’s goals are to incubate new work, help artists seek funding and, of course, create exciting new VR experiences.
DevLab organizers have selected 28 leading artists from around the world for the inaugural edition. The month-long program kicks off with a two-day gathering in Los Angeles, with hands-on workshops, live performances and mentorships encouraging project development throughout. At the close of the month, creators will present their projects to potential investors at a showcase event at Oculus parent company Facebook’s headquarters.
Oculus and Kaleidoscope are planning open submissions for future editions of DevLab, beginning next year. This year’s participating artists are: Aaron Bradbury, Arnaud Colinart, Balthazar Auxietre, Ben Vance, Daniël Ernst, Eliza Mcnitt, Elliot Cole, Gabriela Arp, George Michael Brower, Harm Van De Ven, Hayoun Kwon, Isaac Cohen, Josephine Decker, Julio Medem, Kate Parsons, Lily Baldwin, Martin Allais, Mike Brett, Milica Zec, Michael Catalano, Nick Pittom, Nico Casavecchia, Patrick Juarez, Sara Kolster, Sara Vogl, Tyler Hurd, Winslow Porter, Zohar Kfir.
DevLab was founded by Yelena Rachitsky and Christina Tanouye (Oculus); and Jill Klekas, Selena Pinnell and René Pinnell (Kaleidoscope).
View the DevLab teaser created by Aaron Bradbury and Elliot Cole here: https://vimeo.com/187260406