The FoST Summit is an exclusive, invitation-only gathering of top professionals who are interested in learning about the ideas and trends shaping the storytelling landscape. Attendees take part in intimate roundtable conversations with all-star speakers, acquire new skills in hands-on creative workshops, experience the latest in storytelling projects and technologies, and enjoy memorable performances by groundbreaking artists.
Come be a part of a gathering unlike any other! The FoST Festival is an immersive storytelling festival that puts you at the center of the action. Delight in interactive, multisensory exhibits, take in awe-inspiring live performances, try out cutting-edge new technologies, and learn from some of the smartest people from the worlds of entertainment, marketing, and technology about where storytelling is headed in the future.
Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 focuses on the ways in which artists have dismantled and reassembled the conventions of cinema—screen, projection, darkness—to create new experiences of the moving image.
The Encounter immerses you in the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre lost in a remote area of Brazil in 1969, which leads to a startling encounter that is to change his life.
THE VOICE OF A WOMAN presents a bold and innovative program exploring creativity across a variety of disciplines, featuring women leaders at the fore-front of their fields, risk-takers and change-makers impacting culture.
The event will be showcasing experiences created by travel companies like YouVisit, Discovery Channel, RYOT, and NBC to show how VR experiences from the 2016 Olympics in Rio, to the Ecuadorian Amazon, and world famous cities like Paris.
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project will host 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward. The event spends each hour looking at the 24 largest CO2 emitting countries and explores what each country can do to achieve the goals of the Paris agreement.
Convening luminary artists, writers, activists, and scholars to discuss how technology is transforming culture, Open Score will consider how, in light of our precarious and violent political moment, digital forms are called upon to assist us with tasks that range from the banal to the most urgent.
To usher in 2017 The Game Theatre presents Midnight Millions, an interactive experience where players must try to spend 1 million dollars in order to inherit a financial empire. Midnight Millions is a grand social game that will be experienced as interactive theater.
A transporting, music-filled folk theater fable that unfolds within the McKittrick Hotel’s bar and music venue, the Heath, which has been transformed into a high-spirited Scottish Pub. The full Scottish cast straight from the National Theatre of Scotland perform among and around its audience, weaving an ingenious, lyrical, and enchanting story told with live music throughout an intimate and supernatural setting.
This workshop will provide an introduction to the basic tools and techniques for creating podcasts—from the basic equipment you’ll need to get started, to interviewing, writing, and scripting, to editing and sound production.
Irreverent contemporary dance troupe (and FoST favorites) Monica Bill Barnes & Company lead this 45-minute physical journey that spans two miles of the Metropolitan Museum of Art—a route curated and narrated by illustrator and FoST 2015 workshop leader Maira Kalman.
A Russian indie rock musical from the outrageous minds that brought you Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. This New York premiere explodes the mad inner workings of Rasputin, the infamous mystic who sexed his way to the fall of the Russian monarchy.
HOUSE: A Site-Specific Performance on the Pacific Edge
February 04, 2017
A site-specific performance created by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre for the 1959 Midcentury Anderson House designed by Aaron G. Green. With original music performed live by Yvette Cornelia and the Treehouse, intimate choreographies will happen in the living room/kitchen, the master bedroom, and the zen garden.
A one-day symposium about the explosion of affordable virtual and augmented reality technologies. The event will take a critical look at the impact of new mass media technologies such as the Gear VR/Oculus Rift, Google Daydream/Cardboard, HTC Vive, MS Hololens, and their “immersive” effects on theater, games, news, and entertainment.
This two-hour evening workshop will explore Snapchat and its applications for news. Learn how to use the app for news-gathering and telling complex and engaging stories in a world of emojis and vertical videos.
BAM partners with WNYC to present a one-of-a-kind celebration of innovative radio, live on stage. From a special Valentine’s Day edition of The Moth to everyone’s favorite news show, Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!, it’s a weekend-long celebration of the personalities, stories, and shows of public radio.
An immersive exhibition of virtual reality, electronic music, visionary speakers, and interactive art. Bridging the gap between the art and tech communities of San Francisco, ARTandVR serves as a platform for local artists and a petri dish for future creation.
Versions is a new realities conference dedicated to exploring the creative landscape of virtual, augmented, mixed, and physical reality. This year’s event will take a frank look at the current pitfalls, design gaps, and technological limitations of these emerging tools, as well as how artists and technologists are persistently working to advance them in service of a dramatically new cultural form.
BAM’s first-ever tech takeover features two floors of exhibits by international digital artists and technologists, all of them building innovative bridges between the arts and technology. Includes a FoST-curated Virtual Adventure Room!
This immersive theater project takes place inside a bathtub, in an actual home. After a serious bike accident, a young woman musters up the courage to ask for help and shares her story, exploring themes of trauma, suffering, human generosity, and connection.
Join the Meta team to discuss the new technologies already here, those on the horizon and how they will change the world you live in. Learn about augmented reality (AR) and how you can start designing for user experiences and interfaces. As part of the session, Meta's UX design team members will lead AR design brainstorms and show how you can apply what you've learned to your work in AR.
The Barrow Street Theatre has been transformed into a 360-degree replica of Harrington's—London's oldest operating meat pie and mash shop. Now you can eat your meat pie while watching the famous Sweeney Todd show you his version of locally sourced ingredients. The shop's pie maker is former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses.
Architecting Experience: The Future of Interactive Design
April 11, 2017
James Patten returns to Huge to talk about the convergence of interactive media and architecture. With Patten Studio creative director Mihae Mukaida, Patten will introduce a new set of interaction principles that look at how the design decisions we make today have huge implications on not just how we interact with each other but ultimately how our environments can shape us.
This multimedia show follows the participants of a clinical trial to discover the scientific root of happiness. Fusing athletic contemporary dance with film and props, choreographer Shawn Rawls creates an immersive theatrical experience that positions the viewer as a scientist and the dancers as case studies.
The Brothers Balliett: Interactive Shakespeare—Julius Caesar
April 19, 2017
Performers and composers Brad and Doug Balliett host a performance-party in which you, the attendees, take on the roles of Shakepeare’s immortal play Julius Caesar, reading parts with your fellow concert-goers alongside experienced Shakespearians, all set to live, newly-composed incidental music.
Using an arsenal of Post-it notes, writer, producer, and performer Peter Michael Marino transforms the real-life experiences of the audience into a vibrant life story that's familiar and daring each time. You get to control the content, set, and sound for this socially anxious show about you.
Travel deep into the heart and soul of Kate Bush’s fifth album, the self-produced Hounds of Love. You’ll be guided on a fully interactive adventure using performance, artwork, and music, giving you a unique insight into this pivotal album. All of the night's activities will culminate in a live performance of the album in its entirety.
Join Brookline Interactive Group for the VR EcoHack, a regional hackathon where teams of students and adults can create climate change content in VR, AR, and 360 video. Bring a formed team or meet new teammates to create and test your stories and games on multiple headsets, including HTC VIVEs, Hololens, Oculus, PSVR, Samsung Gear, and more.
Founded by Rhizome in 2010, Seven on Seven forefronts leading issues at the intersection of culture and technology, and animates them through its novel format. Seven leading artists are paired with seven visionary technologists and asked to “make something”: an artwork, a prototype, a provocation—whatever they imagine. What they create in their short time together premieres at the conference, yet its effects ripple beyond that day.
Come to the High Line for the kick-off of the exciting 2017 programming season, featuring music, comedy, and stories. Enjoy a first look at the new High Line Art group exhibition Mutations and Henry Taylor’s mural The Floaters, and delight in delicious bites from local High Line food vendors.
This Is Not A Theatre Company's Subway Plays is a trilogy of site-specific, sensory podplays for the New York City subway. Armed with nothing more than a set of headphones and an mp3 file, spectators ride the subway while listening to the recorded production—every surrounding sight, smell, and sound plays a supporting role in the experience.
Refuge is a live immersive adventure game, set in a dystopian reality. Narrated and guided by fictional protagonist Alex Ayers, players or 'recruits' must prove themselves worthy by pitting against—and outsmarting—each other in a series of challenges based on logic, skill, agility, and strategy.
A story reveals the illusion of one’s identity in Derek DelGaudio’s modern allegory, directed by Frank Oz. New ways of seeing the unseeable are explored, as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today, and secrets imagined for tomorrow all blend together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show.
Taking place underneath New York’s High Line, Seeing You is an immersive theater piece that is at once narcotic and eye-opening. It’s the result of a bold collaboration between creator and director Randy Weiner and choreographer Ryan Heffington.
The Barrow Street Theatre has been transformed into a 360-degree replica of Harrington’s—London's oldest operating meat pie and mash shop. Now you can eat your meat pie while watching the famous Sweeney Todd show you his version of locally sourced ingredients. The shop's pie maker is former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses.
RED is a psychological thriller where guests are immersed in an apocalyptic story, interact with real actors and special effects, and work together to complete an objective. RED is a live action experience where your actions and decisions matter, and you control how the story ends.
A one-day podcasting intensive for new podcasters who don't know where to start and seasoned podcasters looking for a fresh take on their shows. Topics covered will include equipment, sound/recording techniques, basic editing, interviewing/storytelling, and more.
Join The Moth for stories from the great beyond: tales of dark, wandering trails and startling discoveries; throwing caution to the wind; clinging to the compass; and pressing on to see what lies around the next turn. Hosted by longtime Moth Podcast host and storyteller Dan Kennedy.
The LA Phil presents the West Coast premiere of Björk Digital, a series of interactive rooms that include virtual reality experiences, a hands-on educational space featuring Björk’s innovative apps and custom-made musical instruments, and a cinema showing her groundbreaking music videos.
Experience the artwork of some of the most talented immersive creators in the world—including Cabbibo, Sougwen Chung, Steve Teeps, Wesley Allsbrook, and Edward Eyth—and hear their stories. Learn how immersive creation tools can expand your imagination and benefit your life and business no matter what industry you're in.