Ali Eslami

Virtual Reality Artist & Practitioner

📌 Amsterdam


Ali is a VR Artist and Practitioner from Iran. (b.1991) He has been working with VR technology since 2014. Develops and designs Interactive VR Experiences to explore new pathways in this emerging medium. Further than that, re-imagine and construct possible futures through the speculative design of virtual space, time and bodies. His realities span between fiction and non-fiction to reflect his practice-led research in VR. Besides content production, Ali is active in running VR lectures and workshops.
In 2016, His VR project won the IDFA DocLab Award for “Best Immersive non-fiction”.
Degrees
2010-2014 Bachelor of Civil Engineering – Zanjan National University (Zanjan, Iran)
Artist in Residence
2016 Age of Wonderland, Baltan Laboratories (Eindhoven, NL)
2018-19 3Package Deal, Amsterdam fonds voor de kunst (Amsterdam. NL)
Work Experience
2009-2012 Senior 3D Artist – Savice Interior Architecture Co.
2012-Present Freelance Computer/VR Artist & Practitioner
Selected Exhibitions
False Mirror VR
2019 Ambulante Film Festival (Mexico) | Diversion Cinema Showcase in Galerie Cinema (Paris, FR)
2018 IDFA Doclab Spotlight (Amsterdam, NL)
DeathTolls Experience
2019 Ambulante Film Festival (Mexico)
2018 Published online at Oculus Store | War on Screen Festival (Paris, France)
2017 Published online at Steam and Viveport | Global Health Film Festival (London, UK)
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal, CA) | Bergen Film Festival (Bergen, Norway)
British Council South American Tour | Paris Virtual Film Festival (Paris. FR)
Sheffield DocFest (Sheffield, UK) | Kaleidoscope VR Showcase Vol 2
SXSW Virtual Cinema (Austin, USA)
2016 IDFA Festival (Amsterdam, NL) | Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, NL)
Snow VR
2018 WoW Masquerade 24H West (Amsterdam, NL)
2017 IndieCade Showcase at E3 Expo (Los Angeles, USA)
2016 Todaysart Festival (The Hague, NL) | Mutek VR Salon (Montreal, CA)
Activities / Performances
2018 Jury member of IDFA Doclab’s Competition for Immersive non-fiction
Founder member of Plurality University (U+)
CPH:Lab participant (Copenhagen, Denmark)
IDFA’s Cross Media Forum Participant (Amsterdam, NL)
2013 Temp-Illusion Live AudioVisual Performance at TADAEX Festival (Tehran, Iran)
Selected Talks / Conferences / Workshops
2019 Neuhaus artistic research, The New Institute (Rotterdam, NL)
‘Behind the Net’ Workshop, Artez University (Arnhem, NL)
Panel speaker, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah Film Platform (Sharjah, UAE)
2018 Speculative Design VR Workshop, University of Applied Sciences , Master of Digital Design (Amsterdam, NL)
False Mirror VR Presentation, IDFA Doclab (Amsterdam, NL)
2017 VR workshop, Tumo center for creative technologies, (Yerevan, Armenia)
Why Virtual Reality?! Roundtable, Forum Des Images (Paris, FR)
VR Symposium, Royal College of Arts (London, UK)
Join The Resistance Panel, Sheffield DocFest (Sheffield, UK)
VR Production Workflow Workshop, Tehran ACM Siggraph (Tehran, Iran)
2016 VR Masterclass (3 Days), Artez University (Arnhem, NL)
Interactive Conference Talk, IDFA Doclab (Amsterdam, NL)
Advanced VR Development and Design, Workshop at Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, NL)
VR as new Medium, Workshop at Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, NL)
Introduction to VR, STRP Scene (Eindhoven, NL)
VPRO Medialab’s Meet the Makers, (The Hague, NL)
2014 Expanded Reality Presentation, Re-Shape Tehran (Tehran, Iran)