Digital Conversations: Virtual Reality

Gallery Theatre,
Basement Level
10am – 7.30pm
Free admission with registration. Open to industry practitioners only.
The National Museum of Singapore presents Digital Conversations, a series of talks held as part of the museum’s new programme, Digimuse. The talks will look into the different discourses pertaining to digital, technology and culture, as well as the changes that digital and technology have impacted in all industries. The inaugural session of the talk series will touch on the topic of Virtual Reality and is open to professionals from the culture, heritage, arts and technology sectors.

The Digital Conversations: Virtual Reality talk is a parallel event of The Virtual Reality Showcase, which is also part of the DigiMuse programme.


To register, please click here.




9.30am – 10am


10am – 10.20am


Jervais Choo, Programme Director, DigiMuse

10.20am – 10.40am

Keynote 1 – Beyond Reality, What Does it Mean for Museums and Cultural Institutions?

By Angelita Teo, Director, National Museum of Singapore

10.40am – 11.20am

Keynote 2 – Virtual Reality, Past, Present and Future

By Salar Shahna, Founder and Creative Director, the World VR Forum

11.20am – 11.40am

Trends in AR/VR

By Avinav Trigunait, Associate Research Director, IDC Asia Pacific

11.40am – 12pm

Why Virtual Reality is Getting Serious

By Lionel Chok, Immersively


12pm – 12.20pm

Video Presentation: The Argos File: Building the future in First Person

By Josema Roig, VR and Film Director

12.20pm -1pm

Case study: The Making of Sergent James: All Stages of Creation, From Writing to Fundraising, Shooting and Distribution

By Alexandre Perez, Director

1pm – 2pm

Networking Lunch

2pm – 2.30pm

Fireside Chat – Industry Perspectives

By Vanessa Radd and Christopher Gomez, President and Vice President of VR AR Association Singapore Chapter and Co-Founders of XR Alliance

2.30pm – 3.10pm

Case study: Notes to My Father

With: Jayisha Patel, Director of Notes to My Father

3.10pm – 3.50pm

Talk: "Virtual Reality as a Tool for Heritage Conservation"

By Constance Prudot d’Avigny, ICONEM

3.50pm – 4.30pm

Virtual Reality Projects in the State Hermitage Museum – First Steps and New Perspectives

By Dmitry Esakov, IT, The State Hermitage Museum

4.30pm – 4.50pm

Tea break

4.50pm – 5.30pm

Case Study: The Making of Ashes to Ashes VR

By Ingejan Lighthart Schenk, Theatre Director, Steye Hallema, VR Director

5.30pm – 6.10pm

Panel Discussion: The art world in VR

With Emmanuel Cuisinier, Curator, Centre des Arts, Peter Fisher, Khora Contemporary, and Christine Webster, Artist

6.10pm – 6.30pm


By Jervais Choo, Programme Director, DigiMuse

6.30pm – 7.30pm

Networking session


About DigiMuse


The DigiMuse programme is a new initiative by the National Museum of Singapore (NMS), aimed at building a vibrant cultural sector that is invested in digital innovation. DigiMuse seeks to engage with the wider digital-technology industry to encourage creative experimentation in cultural spaces.


The programme invites artists, technologists and culture professionals to co-create digital projects, and provide considered interventions aimed at showcasing the possibilities of integrating culture and technology.

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