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Take a Walk Through South Korea’s GDF 2019 Exhibition

While America seems to be the hub for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) content – a great deal of news comes from there anyway – one country that’s wholeheartedly embraced these technologies is South Korea. This month saw the return of the Global Developers Conference (GDF) 2019, with both VR and AR having a bigger presence than ever. And VRFocus just so happened to be there to give you a look around the event.

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With a theme called ‘Beyond Experience’ for 2019, the GDF conference wanted to look at the way art, technology and society are combined, with a lot of the event focused on panel discussions by some of the leading companies in the field.

Held at the¬†Gyeonggi Arts Center, this year there was more to see and do for attendees, with experiences covering those aforementioned stipulations. So for ‘Beyond Art’ visitors could experience¬†Tree,¬†a project highlighting¬†the harrowing realities of¬†tropical deforestation which is available on Viveport¬†for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Or then there was¬†Arden’s Wake¬†by Penrose Studios, a title VRFocus last heard about in 2018¬†and the first instalment¬†premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. Featuring Academy Award-winning actress Alicia Vikander, the two-part title is a post-apocalyptic coming-of-age story.

In the ‘Beyond Technology’ section, there was BioFlockVR, an interactive piece combines real-time biosensing to create the experience. Then there was¬†Gabriel Barcia-Colombo’s¬†Descent,¬†an AR¬†artwork and sculpture series examining avatars and their growing presence in modern life.

In ‘Beyond Society’ you had the likes of Felix & Paul Studios attend with¬†Space Explorers: New Dawn,¬†a two-part cinematic series highlighting the training and technology that each astronaut has to go through and employ. The studio also had Traveling While Black¬†on show,¬†a 20-minute¬† documentary focusing on the long history of the restricted movement for black Americans. Offering one of the few videogame experiences was South Korean company Around Effect, with¬†AR/VR Interaction Show,¬†an AR shooting title designed for kids.

Check out VRFocus’ highlight reel below to see what else was on offer at GDF 2019. For further VR/AR updates from around the world, keep reading¬†VRFocus.