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November 4–30

Where Immersive Technology &
Live Performance Come Out to Play


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  • VR / 360 Video
Anakwad is a shapeshifter bear ritual from the indigiqueer perspective. Bear medicine is a powerful intentional energy of transformation as part of the human experience and encourages healing through reconnecting to the earth and one’s own nature.
  • Ty Defoe
  • Dov Heichemer
  • alpha_rats
  • Website is a transdisciplinary exploration of the Solar System rooted in performance artist Daniel Alexander Jones’s longstanding practice of altar building. Led by Jones’s performance “altar-ego” Jomama Jones, ATEN takes the form of a digital archive including music, videos, text, conversations, and provocations/invitations for visitors to engage the ideas raised and extend them.
  • Daniel Alexander Jones
  • VR / 360 Video
Nao Bustamante prototypes a new vision for feminist autonomy in her project BLOOM, an ongoing cross-disciplinary investigation centered around the design of the vaginal speculum and its use in the history of the pelvic examination.
  • Nao Bustamante
  • VR / 360 Video
In China, internet gaming is described as “electronic heroin” and many parents of suspected internet addicts send them to re-education camps. One of them was the director of this VR experience that places you at the center of his haunting experiences.
  • Mengtai Zhang
  • Lemon Guo
A Sudanese girl’s experience of a haboob, or sandstorm, in Khartoum leaves a profound and lingering memory.
  • Nehal El-Hadi
  • Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde
  • Immersive Audio
A dead, would-be President seeps into our consciousness in an audio exploration through New York City’s only fully intact 19th-century family home, the Merchant’s House.
  • Donya K. Washington
  • Florencia Lozano
  • Cecil Baldwin
  • Jocelyn Kuritsky
  • Augmented Reality
Iago: The Green Eyed Monster is an original ~ 4 minute high-energy musical prequel to a futuristic take on Shakespeare’s Othello that explores the psychology and origin story of the notorious villain Iago reimagined as a woman.
  • Josh Nelson Youssef
  • Mary Chieffo
  • VR / 360 Video
LOOM is a VR opera that ruminates on the emotional and political charge of polyphony and ethnic identities. The project grew out of the artists’ time recording soundscapes, filming, and studying with elder song masters in the villages of the Kam people, an ethnic minority group in the southwest of China with a rich orally transmitted polyphonic singing tradition that has undergone drastic displacement and reconstruction in recent decades.
  • Lemon Guo
  • Mengtai Zhang
  • Ethan Edwards
  • VR / 360 Video
On the Morning You Wake (to the End of the World) is a virtual reality documentary that captures the voices of the people who experienced the real and imminent threat of nuclear weapons. “On the Morning You Wake” immerses the audience in the first-hand experience of citizens in Hawai’i to make clear the fundamental injustice of a world where nuclear weapons exist.
  • Atlas V
  • Archer’s Mark
  • Games for Change
  • VR / 360 Video
Ordinary Gesture is a Virtual Reality Theatrical experience that intersects theatre, meditation, and movement.
  • Raja Feather Kelly
  • Illya Szilak
  • Cyril Tsiboulski
  • Christoph Mateka
Quills Fest 2022 marks the beginning of OSF's foray into the world of NFTs, featuring work-in-progress presentations of 3D scans of the iconic, cult-favorite objects from the OSF stages both onstage and behind the scene, as well as idiosyncratic digital renditions of those objects by the dopest NFT artists today—curated and produced in partnership with Lauren Ruffin and Mark Sabb.
  • Lauren Ruffin
  • Mark Sabb
  • VR / 360 Video
Reading a diary left by the estranged son, a Catholic mother (Hadley Boyd) finds a way to transcend herself and her grief by imagining him alive and in love.
  • Illya Szilak
  • Cyril Tsiboulski
  • Brandon Powers
Quills Fest VR World is an ever-evolving playground and exhibition space for Quills Fest projects current and in the future.
  • Cyril Tsiboulski
  • Illya Szilak
  • Paolo Barlascini
  • Emmy Yupa
  • Justin Hicks
  • Selly Raby Kane
The Cymbeline Project, a 10-episode digital series, interweaves theatrical performance captured from performers’ homes across the country with striking digitally rendered visual layers, creating a hybrid form of collage—part theatre and part film—that resonates with our complex contemporary experience of media.
  • Nataki Garrett
  • Scarlett Kim
  • Website
The Hanged Man is a microsite featuring a video exploration directed by Nicholas Savignano, of the first song from Daniel Alexander Jones and Josh Quat’s forthcoming album ALTAR NO. 12: AQUARIUS. The song explores a person’s crisis of belief and a revelatory, mystical encounter.
  • Daniel Alexander Jones

Experience Theater Like Never Before

Quills Fest is Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s annual festival celebrating the intersection of Live Performance and Extended Reality.

Quills Fest engages artists and audiences around the world on the web, in Virtual Reality (VR), and in person, in pop-up VR hubs. Exhibitions of world-premiere VR experiences, performances that push the boundaries of liveness, and conversations that invite the audience into the behind-the-scenes of Extended Reality (XR) production highlight the most adventurous voices in art and immersive technology.