April 4, 2017

The Educational VR /AR /MR Initiative

April 22 will be Art Jam /Hackathon – VR / AR / MIXAR

A 24-hour collaboration between indie artists /developers and students from top schools and universities in Stockholm /Sweden.

This is the first in a series of jams, where we unite digital creators from the fields of art, design, communication, coding, sound and music production, etc. The aim is to establish a collaborative network and scene, where we conduct artistic research and experiments within the fields VR /AR /MR, not directly aiming for traditional gaming or business development, but going beyond or besides that.

The jams are organized by Joel Dittrich – Associate professor in audiovisual production, and Martin Söderblom – Teacher in game design and animation.


‘How many times during your life will you experience the birth of a new media? It´s been about a year since HTC announced the release of the consumer version of the Vive, the first widely available, affordable, high-quality Virtual Reality experience. Now, a year later, it´s apparent that the future indeed looks different – a fluid hybrid between the real/physical and virtual worlds. Some actually say it´s as big of a change as the arrival of the internet in the 90´s!

An exponentially increasing interest around the globe, has resulted in a plethora of developer versions, of a wide range of devices now being available. This urges artists, designers and programmers to become early adopters and start inventing VR /AR /MR experiences right now. But often there is a lack of both expertise and funding, within educational institutions and the independent scene alike. MTG Technology and MTG Studios, who saw the same problem, approached me and expressed an ambition to aid in accelerating the speed of development within this field.

Since 2010, I´m teaching at eight to ten higher educational institutions and universities each year. My subject of expertise is audiovisual production, with an emphasis on synesthetic integration of sound and vision, as well as (projective) Augmented Reality, i.e. video projection mapping, resulting in immersive environments. Since 2016, I´m also teaching VR and during 2017 I´m adding (head mounted) AR to the curriculum.

Our discussions led to the idea that with financial support from MTG Technology and MTG Studios, I will set up a mobile AR/VR lab. This equipment will pass through ten educational institutions, as well as informal environments such as hackathons, during one full year. It will be used during my established courses, but the lab will stay open 24-7 and be freely used between the classes.

Aiming for diversity and gender equality, we will create interdisciplinary teams and foster sociocultural learning, by bringing together people from the fields of art, design, programming, sound/music production, 2D/3D motion graphics, game development, hacking, and more. We´ll also have an active connection with the world of enterprise, and not least with the local and international cultural scene.

An important cornerstone is openness, in meeting, creating and sharing. Therefor (most) everything we make is considered open source, under the MIT university agreement. The knowledge we create together will be seen as free for all the students, participators, and the AR/VR community to continue to learn from and build upon, even after the courses and hackathons. We hope that collaborations and acquaintances will continue to live on afterwards, acting as a catalyst.

In other words, the goal of the project is quite open. We simply do believe that putting these tools and guidance in the hands – and minds, of bright students and independent producers alike, we will surely arrive at new understandings and finding new ways forward, which would otherwise have been unattainable.’

Joel Dittrich, Audio/Visual Artist & Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer,

When? 22 April 2017, 12.00.

22 April 2017, 12.00.


Berghs School of Communication, Sveavägen 34, Stockholm, Sweden (T-Hötorget).


To create VR /AR /MR experiences to exhibit at VR Art House, Färgfabriken in Stockholm, during VR Sci Fest, 12 – 14 May 2017.


In small collaborative cross-disciplinary groups.

What to bring?

You need a computer for asset production, with your favorite software** installed.

Additional things to bring, if you can? Computer with GTX 970 or better, headsets, headphones, Kinect, Leap Motion, etc.


Do tutorials on the software and languages below, and figure out ideas.

Application format?

Tell us about yourself, your skill set, background, reason to apply, and if you have any specific ideas.

Are you skilled enough?

Yes you are. We´re looking for a diverse mix of skills, so feel free to apply and let us do our best to select a dynamic mix of creators.


Microsoft HoloLens, HTC Vive, Leap Motion, haptic suits, motion capture systems, Structure 3D scanner, Fly 360, Kinect, Gear VR, Google Cardboard, Asus ROG Strix GTX 1060/6-laptops, etc.


Unity 3D, Unreal Engine, Cinema 4D Studio, Maya, Sculptris, MudBox, Blender, Adobe CC, Quixel Suite, Mettle, Ableton Live, Skanect, etc.



Send to: joel@joeldittrich.se, subject ’Art Jam Application’ // Deadline 16.04

This project is made available, and supported by

MTG Technology and MTG Studios (funding), VR_Sci Fest, Färgfabriken, Martin Söderblom/The NTI College (advisor), Berghs School of Communication.