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Expressions in Mixed Reality: The Creative, Communicative, and Collaborative Experience






Robin Avni

Assistant Professor User Experience, Cornish College of the Arts



Ben Porter

Senior Manager, Business Strategy HoloLens, Microsoft



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In December 2015, Microsoft approached the Design Department of the Cornish College of the Arts, an accredited arts college located in the Pacific Northwest, with a unique and collaborative opportunity for their students and the Microsoft HoloLens product team. The challenge: Leverage the creative, problem-solving disposition of designers and creative artists, and encourage them to explore the artistic possibilities of mixed reality with the HoloLens. The HoloLens team offered pre-release exposure to their holographic technology, as well as technical support, while Cornish engaged a select group of innovative student talent to generate unique, mixed reality experiences through design, dance, and theatrical performance.

In the months that followed, the process resulted in the creation of two select groups of creative content – live performances recorded on a Microsoft soundstage and rendered as holographic, volumetric videos, as well as illustrative and animated work created through the use of 2-D and 3-D renderings produced for viewing through the HoloLens.

This presentation will showcase the creative results of the Cornish and HoloLens collaboration and share key learnings from the creative interaction between a large company and a small arts college.


Robin Avni
Robin Avni is Assistant Professor User Experience at the Cornish College of the Arts. Her research focuses on visual communication, social media, and user-centered creativity tools and technology. She recently presented Captured Moments: Defining a Communicative Framework for Social Photography at the ACM Creativity + Cognition Conference 2015 at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland. Prior to Cornish, Avni has successfully managed award-winning design teams and high-profile projects. She received her BA in Journalism and Design from Indiana University (Bloomington), and her Masters of Communication in Digital Media at the University of Washington; she was also a recipient of the Knight-Wallace Media Fellowship at the University of Michigan.


Ben Porter

Ben Porter, Senior Manager, Business Strategy HoloLens at Microsoft is a seasoned business development and strategy executive with a decade-long track record of structuring and negotiating high-impact content deals. Porter has a keen ability to develop meaningful relationships and lead products, deals and projects across functional groups. He has a deep understanding of the digital media and consumer technology landscape and is adept at identifying and prioritizing trends, and translating them into business requirements.

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