Virtual Reality Artist & Practitioner

📌 Amsterdam


Ali Eslami is a Virtual Reality Artist and Practitioner from Iran who has been active and experimenting with VR since 2014. Ali’s work carves new pathways into this emerging medium by developing interactive experiences, driving his practice-led research. The experiences manifest as realities that blur fictional and non-fictional narratives, which strive to articulate possible futures. Ali compliments his process with speculative design and world-building, and is ever questioning the restraints of physical space, time and bodies.
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
2018-19 3Package Deal, Amsterdam fonds voor de kunst (Amsterdam. NL)
2016 Age of Wonderland, Baltan Laboratories (Eindhoven, NL)
Work Experience
2012-Present Freelance Computer/VR Artist & Practitioner
2009-2012 Senior 3D Artist – Savice Interior Architecture Co.
Selected Exhibitions
False Mirror VR
2019 GetxoPhoto Festival (Bilbao, SP) | Neuhaus Artistic Research, The New Institute (Rotterdam, NL)
A Maze Festival (Berlin, GE) | Ambulante Film Festival (Mexico) |
Diversion Cinema Showcase in Galerie Cinema (Paris, FR)
2018 IDFA Doclab Spotlight (Amsterdam, NL)

Big Air With Go
2019 Melt Festival (GE) In Collaboration with [ Nike and Zalando ]

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
2019 Jury member of goEast Film Festival VR Competition (Wiesbaden, GE)
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  VR Lecture, GetxoPhoto Festival (Bilbao, SP)
VR Lecture, Unpackaging 3Package Deal (Amsterdam, NL)
VR Lecture and Panel Discussion (Curated by Holo/CreativeApplications) , Mutek Montreal (Montreal. CA)
VR Lecture, Sensorium Festival (Bratislava, SL)
VR Lecture, A Maze Festival (Berlin, GE)
Salwa Foundation, VR Workshop (Amsterdam, NL)
The Hmm. Presentation (Amsterdam, 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)