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10/04/2023 – About the Topic

Immersive technology is revolutionizing the arts by opening up boundless creative possibilities. They can seamlessly blend the digital and physical worlds for a whole new look at the term blank canvas. Visual artists are crafting digital pieces that transcend three dimensions. Theater directors are transporting audiences into new realms. Musicians are immersing listeners in interactive soundscapes. These technologies enable artists to transcend traditional boundaries and the result is a redefinition of artistic expression, captivating audiences and pushing the frontiers of creativity. Yet, this transformative power also brings crucial ethical and legal questions surrounding intellectual property rights, urging the arts to navigate uncharted territory in a rapidly evolving landscape.

The bridge between art and technology is often a divided one. With AI mimicking people’s styles from images to writing to likenesses in films, today we possess a great opportunity to discuss the feelings and expectations we have when it comes to technology’s influences on the creation of artwork. Art is forever changing due to technology including augmented reality and virtual reality and beyond. 

VRAR Chicago and The Next Evolution | AWE Nite Chicago are committed to educating and sharing information about technologies so no one is left behind during The Next Evolution through Immersive and other emerging technologies. Join us October 4th to explore the incredible potential of immersive technology’s impact on The Arts while unraveling the complex ethical and legal threads that underpin this journey.

Panel Members

More Details Coming Soon…

The Next Evolution Hosts

Matt Wren will be moderating the discussion in person while Caroline Dennis will be hosting the virtual portion in Virbela. Matt is the President of Origin Development & IT and founder of The Next Evolution event series and VRAR Chicago. Caroline is entrepreneur, startup advisor, and advocate from and XRWomen.

What’s the Format

Times in Central Daylight Time (CDT)
5:30-8:30pm at 2112 for the In-Person Program
6:00-8:00pm in Virbela for the Virtual Program
5:30-6:15pm – Networking & Technology Demonstrations
6:15-6:30pm – Introductions & Welcome
6:30-7:10pm – Panelist Presentations
7:10-7:45pm – Panel Discussion with Q&A
7:45-8:30pm – Networking & Technology Demonstrations

We will start with informal networking, then host a panel discussion to answer audience questions, and we end with more networking. We keep it simple and informal – this meetup is about you, our members, and not just a soap box for the host, presenters, or our sponsors. Come and get your questions answered, take your next step in Immersive Technology.

Attending The Next Evolution

Attending in-Person

2112 Chicago | 4245 N Knox Ave


Watching the Live Stream

Primary Live Stream |

People can join by watching the scheduled live stream where we will field questions from!

You will need to register to gain access to AWE.Live.

Attending Virtually

Virbela | Virtual Environment |

We encourage folks to join us in the virtual environment Community Hall by downloading the Virbela open campus client at See more about getting started and navigating Virbela here.

The Virbela virtual environment resembles a physical space, so you will be able to talk with other attendees prior to the start of the presentations. To get to the Community Hall once in Virbela, you click the GO TO menu on the top left of your screen >> Meetings >> The Next Evolution Hall. We suggest that you arrive no later than 6:00pm and we will get started promptly at 6:15. Please try to get familiar with the technology prior to the day of the meetup, as we will be unable to provide support during the event.

win a prize collecting nfts from attending

Through a partnership with Vennity, we will be creating unique NFT Badges to collect by attending 2023 The Next Evolution programs. Each badge you claim counts towards an end of year drawing for a prize to be given out in December 2023.

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