XR LIVE is an online community founded in 2020 consisting of artists, developers, writers, performers and fans dedicated to the burgeoning field of live performance XR experiences. With so many talented creators building experiences on the bleeding edge, we decided to take the next step and organize a non-traditional exhibition featuring works from around the globe through February and March of 2023.
But what is a live performance XR experience? And what does XR stand for?
XR is a catch-all for a variety of immersive technologies: AR (augmented reality), MR (mixed reality), and VR (virtual reality), technologies which are sometimes referred to collectively as "extended reality."
When these technologies are combined with a variety of live performance arts – theatre, dance, music, LARP, puppetry, and more – all sorts of new possibilities are born: video games where the NPCs are played in real-time by live actors; movies in which the audience member gets to be the main character; plays which extend beyond the stage and scope of reality itself; music and dance which flow together into digital synesthesia; performance art when the separation between artist and audience can be thousands of miles apart and yet staged within the intimacy and comfort of your own home. And that's only just scratching the surface!
The XR LIVE Performance Exhibition itself is only a small sample of the many experiences being created by a diverse, trailblazing, and ever growing number of creators around the globe, tentatively running through the end of March 2023. There are no passes, no applications, and no jury like what you might find at a more traditional festival. Instead, all experiences are welcome and open to the public, with each experience run and ticketed by the individual creators. XR LIVE simply serves as a digital hub to facilitate, taking no payment from any of the creators or guests of their respective experiences.
Check back soon as the information available here will be rapidly expanding in the coming days, including additional show dates being added as well as additional experiences!