VIRTUAL REALITY / AUGMENTED REALITY 
Future Fires works with a global community of artists who work in VR and AR. We're interested in virtual and augmented reality as a creative medium, creating compelling and cliché-free experiences.

Dreams of Dali

The March, 2017 production of Dreams of Dali in San Francisco is a joint production of Dream Logic, Future Fires, and The Midway. Background and Inception: The Dali Museum of St. Petersburg, Florida partnered with award-winning advertising agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners to create a stunning virtual reality rendition of Dalí’s 1935 painting “Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s ‘Angelus.  Description: “Dreams of Dali” drops the viewer onto a vast desert full of dreamlike oddities, allowing us to explore the world of the Surrealist master in 360 degrees. “Dreams of Dali” was premiered as part of the 2016 exhibition “Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination,” in a collaboration with the Walt Disney Family Museum, then travelled to Future Fires in March, 2017. This award-winning VR experience has garnered visitor acclaim, online praise and international recognition through a multitude of industry awards, including the prestigious Cannes Cyber Lion GOLD; a  Webby People’s Voice award; and a Facebook Silver award for Innovation, among others.

Joanie Lemercier is a French artist involved in projections of light and their influence on perception. Lemercier co-founded the visual label AntiVJ in 2008, with artists Yannick Jacquet, Romain Tardy and Olivier Ratsi. He worked on stage design for festivals such as Mutek (Montreal, Mexico) and worked alongside artists such as Flying Lotus (special show at the Roundhouse London), with Portishead’s Adrian Utley (as part of the cultural Olympiads, London 2012), and with architectural projections all around the world. In 2010, Lemercier turned his focus on installations and gallery work, and exhibited at China Museum of Digital Art, (Beijing), Art Basel Miami and Sundance film festival 2013. In 2013, Lemercier founded a creative studio in NYC, focused on research and development of artworks and experiments that use projected light in space. 

Can Buyukberber is an independent visual artist & director specializing in digital visual arts, motion graphics design and audio/visual performances. Studied Physics and Visual Communication Design in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently studying at San Francisco Art Institute's Art and Technology MFA program as a Fulbright Grantee and working on immersive experiences using sound, light and space. His works were exhibited in Europe and Northern America including large scale a/v projects at Signal Light Festival (CZ), International Digital Arts Biennial (CAN), IX Immersion Experience Symposium (CAN), Currents New Media Festival (US). He is interested in translating observations and insights on the imminent intelligence of nature - specifically self-organizing systems, time-based formations, and patterns intrinsic to the invisible space between objects - into visible, audible, tangible expressions.

Can was Future Fires artist-in-residence in San Francisco for the year 2017, creating several original works, and sharing his VR piece "Morphogenesis" with our audience.