Saturday, May 27th

The Soho Playhouse

Virtual Reality/Robotics

( At the Huron Club/ lower level Soho Playhouse  12:00 pm to 6:00 pm)

(Included with ticket)



I, Philip

Director: Pierre Zandrowicz

France, 14 min.


In early 2005, David Hanson, an American robotics, is developing its first android human. His name is Phil and it is simply the copy of the famous science fiction author Philip K. Dick. In a few weeks Phil became famous on the Web and in the author’s fan circles. It is presented in several conferences around the world. In late 2005, the head of the android disappeared during a flight America West Airlines between Dallas and Las Vegas.






Director: George Kacevski

Australia, 3 min

A VR sci-fi film exploring our relationship with technology and its influence on our
reality. Remember follows a young woman who is trying to find the memory of a lost
loved one in a virtual memory re-creation software.

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Dead Head


Director: Ben Leonberg 

USA, 3 min.


Experience a unique perspective of the Zombie Apocalypse... Will Hank and Julie make it out of the barn alive? Find out in this head-pounding Virtual Reality encounter like you've never seen.



I'll Make You Bleed


Director:  Ryan Hartsell

USA, 3 min.


Standing helpless, only bear witness to a ritualistic virgin sacrifice in the tradition of The Bohemian Grove Society, the viewer is transported into an emotional and visceral experience set to the music of "These Machines Are Winning." This 360 VR video was shot against a beautiful moonlit backdrop using a custom low-light sensitive camera rig making it one of the first high quality nighttime VR pieces to date.





Director: Aldo Romero

USA, 3 min


An automated space probe named "Annie Em" encounters an extraterrestrial spacecraft on Titan and is "updated" to become self aware. This is the story of Earth's first fully functioning artificial intelligence. Too bad Earth will never know.

This is a world premiere of the FULL VERSION of this VR webisode.








Director: Jörg Courtial

Germany, 3min

Lava bombs, towering clouds of ashes – these are some of many jaw dropping phenomena
that can be marveled at in this 3D-360° film. Never before could one experience erupting
volcanoes in such intensity and immersion. The impression is enhanced by not only giving
the viewer the freedom to look all around him/her, the experience itself is also stereoscopic









Tesla Punk

Director: Nick Malukhin


After the third plutonium wars ended generations ago, vast swathes of Earth are uninhabitable. Energy is the new gold. Its all that’s left to fight for.





Zombienomicon Eisegesis


Transmedia Project/ Media/Graphic Novel

Creator Jonathan Nolan


"Zombienomicon Eisegesis is one part choose your own adventure, one part scavenger hunt for the soul of Philip K. Dick and one part WRITE your own adventure. It is an interactive fiction project that uses the "Extend-A-Story" software. The website-based project allows anyone to add a new chapter or comment to any existing page, creating a new work in the process. This turns static writing into "choose your own adventure" interactive events and in the process also irretrievably blurs the arbitrary distinctions between reality and irreality. We are left only with the PKDian definition of reality: reality is what still exists when we cease to believe in it.One of the characters has entered into an Gnostic Universe from where there are only loops and never ends.

To facilitate inspiration a slice of the entirety of the project has been turned into a graphic novel, copies of which will be available at the festival, free to the public. More artwork, animations and live action clips are scattered across the internet, awaiting discovery.

Whether you attend the festival in person or in spirit you can start now by clicking on this link


Here you can write you own story that can be anything from a murder mystery to critiques of the festival films, since people can write whatever they like. Pages will be curated each day of the festival so new content will be added. Jonathan Nolan will supervise content to insure there is no sabotage.Anything written will remain permanently part of the website.

Its a  transmedia project, with overt silly stories, PKD fragments, false biographies of PKDs from other universes.

The severed head of the PKD robot and its possible location is the ultimate prize but someone would have to pretty much read the whole site then decrypt clues to get the answer.



12:00 pm – 1:00 pm



Beyond the Voight-Kampff Test: The Future of Robotics

The Voight-kampff test in Blade Runner was used to detect Replicants based on their emotional responses to stressful and confusing situations. As computers learn more and more about us from the data in our phones and our y activities, how soon before they understand our moods and behaviors and empathize or react to them? And how long before they might imitate emotions or even feel genuine empathy?  And as machines become more animal-like and human-like in appearance, why do they become creepier--an effect dubbed the Uncanny Valley by roboticist Masahiro Mori? This discussion with the philosopher Dr. Peter Asaro will also discuss the potential of robots and AI to replace humans in their jobs and other potential social impacts of advanced robotics.

About Dr. Peter Asaro

Dr. Peter Asaro is Assistant Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City, and Affiliate Scholar at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. His current research focuses on the social, cultural, political, legal and ethical dimensions of robotics and artificial intelligence. He has written widely-cited papers on agency and autonomy, liability and punishment, and privacy and surveillance as it applies to military robotics, consumer robots, industrial automation, smart buildings, and autonomous vehicles. He also has an engineering background in machine learning, computer vision and robotics, and earned his PhD in the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science and Master of Computer Science degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Dr. Asaro is co-founder and vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (icrac.net) which is part of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots (stopkillerrobots.org), a coalition of NGOs.



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