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Master Class Body-Based Design for XR

Monday, August 14

SomaFestĀ“s one-day intensive workshop that is organised by our partner association FREUNDE DES COLOGNE GAME LABS e.V. introduces commercial XR creators to a body-based design approach and provides the skill-set to create compelling and truly innovative XR experience for their clients.

During this workshop, a team of experts from diverse fields, including science, didactics, and the arts, will guide you through a series of enlightening keynotes and interactive workshops. Together, we will delve into the advantages, implications, and methods of adopting a body-centric design approach and how to effectively apply it to the ever-growing success of XR.

Throughout the workshop, we will explore a range of fascinating topics, including:

  • Harnessing the power of posture and movement to design mood, feelings, and sensations
  • Crafting meaningful physical interactions within XR environments
  • Unlocking the power of multi-sensory learning in XR
  • Embracing body-based design thinking for XR projects
  • Mastering the art of embodied storytelling


9:30 AMBlackout Breakfast
10:10 AMSynaesthetic and multisensory design of real and artificial environmentsMichael Haverkamp
11:00 AMBody, Expression, Communication, and Emotional GenesisAlexander Angeletta
12:30 PMOn Body-Based DesignKatharina Tillmanns
1 PMLunch Break
2 PM…and suddenly your hands touch Adriaan de Jongh
2:45 PMSoma MovesAnna-Carolin Weber
4:15 PMBreak
4:30 PMArt Museums and Acts of DisembodimentFilippa Cristofalou