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”

2010-2014 Bachelor of Civil Engineering – Zanjan National University (Zanjan, Iran)

Artist in Residence
2020 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Guest resident (Amsterdam. NL)
2018-19 3Package Deal, Amsterdam fonds voor de kunst (Amsterdam. NL)
2016 Age of Wonderland, Baltan Laboratories (Eindhoven, NL)

Work Experience
2009-2012 Senior 3D Artist – Savice Interior Architecture Co.
2012-Present Freelance Computer/VR Artist & Practitioner

Selected Exhibitions

2019 VR Installation, IDFA Doclab (Commissioned project) (Amsterdam, NL)

Big Air with Go (Nike Commission)
2019 VR Installation, Melt Festival (Leipzig, GE)

Sacred Hill
2019 Neuhaus Artistic Research, The New Institute (Rotterdam, NL)  |  Nederlands Film Festival, Interactive Expo (Utrecht, NL)  | MuseumNight Amsterdam (Amsterdam, NL)

False Mirror VR
2019 The Overkill Festival (Enschede, NL)  | Getxophoto Festival (Bilbao, SP) | A Maze Festival (Berlin, GE)  | Ambulante Film Festival (Mexico)  | Diversion Cinema Showcase in Galerie Cinema (Paris, FR)
2018 IDFA Doclab Spotlight (Amsterdam, NL)

DeathTolls Experience
2019 Nexus Gallery (Melbourne, Aus)|  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)
Sheffdoc Fest 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
2020 University of Denver, False Mirror VR Lecture (Denver, US)
2019 Eindhoven Film Festival,  False Mirror VR Lecture (Eindhoven, NL)
Unpackaging 3Package Deal, False Mirror VR Lecture (Amsterdam, NL)
GetxoPhoto Festival, False Mirror VR Lecture (Bilbao, ES)
Mutek Montreal, False Mirror VR Lecture (Montreal, CA)
Virtual Embodiment VR Lecture, Sensorium Festival (Bratislava, SL)
Live lecture from VR, 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)