3. – Spotlight: Women in VR - Anna Zhilyaeva
By Alice Bonasio
There is a lot of talk around the "killer app" for immersive tech and how we must find the right content to compel consumers to get into VR. From my own experience of trying Tilt Brush as someone with zero artistic prowess, I can tell you it's one of the most fun things I've ever done. Yet in the skilled hands of a talented artist such as Anna Zhilyaeva, it becomes something truly inspiring.
Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words, and Anna 's VR canvasses really must be seen - or better yet, experienced - to be believed. I was already familiar with some of her work, such as this awesome project where she collaborated with other VR artists such as Estella Tse to create a Star Wars painting with Tilt Brush, but when I saw this video compilation on Facebook of the work she's done over the past three years or so, I literally found my jaw dropping to the floor. I challenge most people not to feel absolutely mesmerized watching her conjure up fantastical characters and landscapes out of thin air with Virtual Reality.
Anna is based in Marseille, France, but has traveled all over the world delivering live artistic performances that beautifully bridge the real world of physical movements with the digital landscape. She has also managed something that eludes many artists, finding a commercial outlet for her work in spite of the fact that she doesn't produce physical art pieces she can sell. She's worked with clients HTC Vive, Google, Tilt brush, IBM and Microsoft among others. There are many amazing videos of her in action on her YouTube channel and background on her individual pieces on her Anna Dream Brush website.
Every Tuesday we'll shine a spotlight on the female trailblazers making their mark in immersive tech and their work. If you have a story you think we should feature, just hit reply to this email or tweet me @alicebonasio