“I am honored to participate in what will prove to be a stimulating conversation about the nature of how to best communicate our place in the universe, from vast scale to deep, internal landscapes. Emerging immersive media experiences allow inquiries of a fundamental and powerful level that transcend any other media, and I look forward to seeing vectors in this evolution.”

Eric Hanson is a partner at xRez Studio, a design firm concentrating on cutting-edge immersive digital environments. Having worked with leading visual effects houses such as Digital Domain, Sony Imageworks, Dream Quest Images, and Walt Disney Feature Animation, his environmental work can be seen in “The Day After Tomorrow”, “Cast Away”, “Mission to Mars”, “Fantasia 2000”, and “The Fifth Element”, among others. Originally an architect, he pioneered 3d visualization practices for Gensler and Callison Partnership. He is also an Associate Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, leading their curriculum in visual effects and cinematic VR. Eric is a member of the VES, IVRPA, ACM/Siggraph and attended the University of Texas at Austin. He wishes he could sleep more.