TAS alumnus from the Class of 2016 and founder of the TAS virtual reality program, Awu Chen will be returning to campus to share information about his award-winning virtual reality experience that was recently written up in the LA Times and featured as part of IndieCade: International Festival of Independent Games. Chen is a mixed reality developer and will be presenting to the school community on Thursday, January 9 from 10:40 to 11:15 AM in the Liu-Lim Arts Center in 4C20/21.
The presentation will be based on a mixed reality installation, "Ama's Memento," that he dedicated to his grandmother. In collaboration with eleven other students, Chen used a combination of physical installation, augmented reality, virtual reality, and projection mapping to preserve her story.
As Chen describes it, "This experience immortalizes Ama's story by shaping it into a virtual museum. It brought together a community and started a movement that inspired the Taiwanese Ministry of Art and Culture to recognize her collection as being 'Taiwan's Most Valuable.' With Ama's proposal approved by the Taiwanese government, her dream to build an art museum for her country is finally coming to fruition."
This project was recognized at IndieCade with the "Location Based and Live Play" Award. A link to the project and video overview can be found here.