VR, Play and Post Humanism

Thursday 13th April, 1:00-3:00pm, The Open Gallery, OCADU, 49 McCaul St. Toronto M5T 1V7.

Refreshments will be served.


Dr. Kiki Benzon, University of Southern California

“Virtual Reality and Empathy in a Posthuman Future” > Respondent: Dr. Cindy Poremba, OCAD University


Dr. Jeff Watson, University of Southern California

“Situations of Play” > Respondent: Dr. Emma Westecott, OCAD University


Moderator: Dr. Martha Ladly, Graduate Program Director, Digital Futures, OCAD University


About the Guest Speakers:

Kiki Benzon is Associate Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts (Media Arts + Practice Division) at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. A multimedia artist with a background in English literature and neuroscience,  Kiki teaches courses on transmedia entertainment, digital research methods, and interactive media.


Jeff Watson is an award winning artist, designer, and Assistant Professor of Interactive Media and Games at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His work investigates how game design, pervasive computing, and social media can enable new forms of storytelling, participation, and learning. He is a Director at the Situation Lab, a design research laboratory cross-sited at USC and OCAD University, and is an associate faculty member at the USC Game Innovation Lab.