Kent Bye (US)

Voices of VR podcast producer

Keynote by Kent Bye

09:45 - 10:45
Keynote by Kent Bye


Since May 2014, Kent Bye has published over 1000 Voices of VR podcast interviews featuring the pioneering artists, storytellers, and technologists driving the resurgence of virtual & augmented reality. He’s an oral historian, experiential journalist, & aspiring philosopher, helping to define the patterns of immersive storytelling, experiential design, ethical frameworks, & the ultimate potential of XR. 

A Framework for Immersive Storytelling & Experiential Design

Virtual Reality is a spatial medium that immerses audiences into a virtual context and convinces them they’re in another place that feels plausible and real. This quality of embodied & environmental presence in VR goes beyond what previous broadcast mediums can achieve through the window of a 2D frame, but VR/AR (aka XR) also synthesize affordances of previous media into new expressions of active presence, social presence, and emotional presence. This new fusion of affordances within XR opens up new possibilities for immersive storytelling, but also provides new insights into the strengths and weaknesses of previous media. Voices of VR Podcast host Kent Bye will be tracing the evolution of storytelling through the lens of his experiential design framework that maps out the affordances of different media & how they represent the elements of human experience including the qualities of presence, context, character, and story.