Mini Hackathon -
AR in Public Space

05.06    WEDNESDAY    10:00 – 13:00 Uhr
Elisabeth Kirche, Nebengebäude

Augmented reality (AR) is a great technology for playing with public space, commenting on it or expanding it with multimedia on initially invisible levels. For example, pioneers in AR art used AR ACTIVISM to initiate discussions about social grievances in public space. A visual and immersive approach using AR can immensely increase accessibility and motivation, especially for participatory processes.

In this hackathon by the AURORA XR School for Artists and the INSPIRER project at HTW Berlin everything revolves around AR apps for public space for three hours! After a short introduction, mixed teams are formed, concepts for simple AR apps in public space are speed-developed and implemented as far as possible with the game engine Unity. AR experts from HTW Berlin will be on hand to advise the teams.

Basic knowledge of Unity is required to participate. Oops, but I don't have that? Then please watch the free video tutorials 6 and 7 of the AURORA XR School for Artists in advance. Also, please install Unity - version 2022.3.9f1 - on your laptop and bring it with you to the hackathon. Depending on the group constellation, the hackathon will be held in German and English.

Cecilia Maas & Iris Rajanayagam -AI and Archiving 

05.06    WEDNESDAY     13:30 – 15:30 Uhr
Elisabeth Kirche, Nebengebäude

In this workshop we will deal with questions of plural memory in times of digitality. What possibilities and potentials does AI offer for the documentation and dissemination of knowledge and marginalized narratives? What pitfalls need to be considered at the same time? How can AI, in conjunction with a critical examination of gaps and omissions in hegemonic historical narratives, contribute to a multidimensional and multi-perspective culture of remembrance and help to break down barriers to access in this context? And what are the limits and obstacles to the use of AI in this context? These and other questions will be addressed and reflected on in the workshop with the help of participatory, activating formats. As part of the discussion of the topic, existing digital archive projects will be presented and discussed in the workshop.

Participation in the workshop is possible without prior knowledge. The workshop will be held in German and partly in English.

The workshop will be led by Cecilia Maas, CEO and founding member of aureka, a company that, among other things, deals with the processing & AI development of multimedia archives in museums, and Iris Rajanayagam, historian and consultant for diversity, intersectionality and decoloniality at the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb, in the Department of Civic Education and Plural Democracy.

Quantum Bar - Creating a GPT-3 driven Chatbot for Social VR 

05.06    WEDNESDAY     16:00 – 18:00 Uhr
Elisabeth Kirche, Nebengebäude 

Christina "XaosPrincess" Kinne  will take you on a journey on what technical and ethical implications to consider when creating an AI driven chatbot for social virtual reality while also focusing on conducive immersive design approaches for AI NPCs in particular and virtual environments in general. 

After having worked as a film director and producer with a particular focus on innovative technologies, Christina “XaosPrincess” Kinne has found a new creative home in virtual reality, where she creates content using tools like Gravity Sketch or Tilt Brush, organizes and hosts multiuser gatherings, and evangelizes to the real world by enabling communication between users in real life and VR for educational events. She holds an Art School Diploma in “Feature Film and Television Feature” from HFF Munich and a Master of Arts in “Digital Narratives” from IFS – Internationale Filmschule Koeln, for which she has brought a GPT-3 driven chatbot to life in social VR. Until January 2022 Christina Kinne worked for the social VR platform Tivoli Cloud VR as CMO and Events Manager and currently serves as a guest lecturer for virtual reality at the University of Applied Sciences Fresenius and IFS Internationale Filmschule Koeln while supervising the public release of her MA thesis project QUANTUM BAR.