Welcome to the new Tech+Art Podcast!
Join us on this adventure as we meet & speak with: artists, makers, researchers, designers and creators from all background and fields.
Our objective is to understand their creative perspective, dive into their workflow & creative process, be inspired by new ideas and their work – and stay one step ahead of cutting-edge industry developments.
In this episode, we’re chatting with Lauren Cason, the XR Creative Director at Meow Wolf.
Lauren is pushing the boundaries of physical, experiential installations with emerging technologies at Meow Wolf, an immersive experience company based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. If you haven’t heard of the group before be sure to checkout the links in the show notes or visit MeowWolf.com
Lauren is also a talent creator, designer her own really impressive AR filters.
She was previously Apple, part of the team that shipped the widely popular Monument Valley 2 game and a Forbes 30 under 30 recipient.
[ 5:47 ] – […] for XR – it means cross-reality. So it’s sort of an umbrella term for: VR, which would be like headsets; MR which would be hologram headsets like the Magic Leap where you can see holograms in the real world in front of you, instead of just totally on a screen; and then AR, which is things on your phone, so you’d see that with things like Snapchat filters or the IKEA app. And we’re trying to figure out what this sort of emerging technology space is going to look like for the physical art that we do in the Meow Wolf universe.
[ 6:47 ] – And Meow Wolf has this really unique opportunity because we are building physical locations and we have a lot of control over it and so we have the chance to do some really amazing stuff. And I think there’s also some responsibility there, because the reason people go to Meow Wolf a lot of times is to step away from technology, to have an experience in the real world, in a space. So how do we incorporate this emerging technology in a way that enhances things without making you really aware of the fact that you’re putting a screen between yourself and the art? Or without that taking away from the experience?