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University of Essex’s Digital Arts Festival hailed a success

10 Jul University of Essex’s Digital Arts Festival hailed a success

Last week, University of Essex welcomed crowds of excited students and their teachers to their Colchester Campus as part their Digital Arts Festival.

As part of the festival their Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall hosted a multisensory experience zone decorated with interactive artwork brought to us by local digital artists, including:

• Rituals, a 2 part installation, comprising of a virtual reality experience, running on an HTC Vive and an augmented reality app via a mobile device by Sian Fan.

• TEO an innovative interactive artwork that uses A.I facial detection & expression recognition to animate virtual avatars, from artists Barbara Dougan and Henry Driver.

• Pyrit Deck from freelance artist and writer, Laura Trevail. Laura makes things that move about, and things that threaten to do so when they probably shouldn’t.

• MaoMaoCastle, a high-speed game featuring a magical flying Cat-Dragon developed by AsobiTech.

Colchester and Ipswich Museums also attended with an interactive display.

The festival also encouraged students to take part in digital workshops and ask questions at a Careers Corner where they could ask questions about careers in the digital arts sector with representatives from our Employability and Careers Centre, Colchester Institute, apprenticeship specialist QA, the Essex Employment and Skills Board, the Young Creative Council, Creative and Cultural Skills and the Mercury Theatre.