CAKE: Immersive Web & Audience Engagement

CAKE: Immersive Web & Audience Engagement


Date: Thursday 3 December 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online
Event type: Creative Fuse: CAKE

To celebrate the launch of the second Creative Fuse Tees Valley project we’re excited to bring you our first online CAKE (Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange) event focusing on the inspiring world of the Immersive Web and Audience Engagement.

From augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) experiences, and immersive 360° videos and data visualisations, we will be joined by guest speakers from the region’s creative industries who will share their own experiences, practices and tips as we explore the many opportunities that the creative, digital and IT sectors can utilise to engage their audiences and customers. You will also be able to find out more about what’s on the horizon from Creative Fuse North East.

During the event, attendees will have the chance to join break out rooms with liked-minded creatives to discuss potential ideas, challenges and collaboration opportunities.

There will also be more information provided around the different areas of support that is available through the Creative Fuse project for creative, cultural and digital SMEs in the Tees Valley region.


Owen Weightman, Owner, 3D Virtual Spaces

As a County Durham native, Owen lived and worked in several countries around the world but has always gravitated back to the North East. He spent almost 30 years in the Semiconductor Engineering Industry running a European service organisation. In mid-2018 he had a “moment of clarity” and decided to reprioritise his work/life balance. He set three life targets; from these, his key business objective was to provide a more meaningful impact on society.

Towards the end of 2018, he started-up an SME in the tech sector (3D Virtual Spaces), building interactive digital models and virtual walk-throughs using immersive 360 and VR technologies to help other businesses in creative ways. His company has a diverse portfolio with a wide range of customers. Even with the onset of COVID-19, his concepts and products can help businesses by providing a virtual environment for customers or the public to visit without risk.

Nick Williams, Founder, Living Archive Limited

Nick Williams founded Living Archive Limited in April 2020. The company is presently developing the Living Archive – a SaaS platform providing digital media storage, curation, exhibition, and engagement in a single cloud-based environment. The Living Archive provides organisations with an affordable and easy-to-implement solution to engage audiences with their digital archives, collections and audio-visual documentation. It is our hope that a global network of Living Archives will become a valuable learning resource containing the worlds most cherished artefacts whilst creating powerful channels of engagement and outreach for even the most low-resourced organisations.

The Living Archive began life as a real-world multi-media art installation over 15 years ago. Nick – a professional sound designer and creative technologist – developed the installation to enable museums and heritage organisations to tell stories with their digital archives and collections. This experience continues to inform development of the present SaaS platform for the Museum and Heritage, Arts and Culture, and Education sectors.

Penny Day, Digital Catapult North East & Tees Valley

Penny is an Innovation Specialist and is part of the Digital Catapult North East & Tees Valley team based at Sunderland Software City. The Digital Catapult supports businesses from across the region to encourage the growth and adoption of advanced digital technologies, helping to demonstrate and explore the impact that technology can have on productivity, efficiency and performance. 

Digital Catapult NETV offers a range of support including fully-funded innovation residentials, tailored workshops, one-to-one coaching, events, and open innovation challenges. The team has recently delivered residentials focused on supporting creative individuals and freelancers in using advanced digital technologies to diversify and grow. Penny will be talking about the support they can offer and future opportunities and areas of focus.

Dr Mikhail Karikis, Professor, MIMA School of Art & Design, Mikhail Karikis

Mikhail Karikis is a Greek-British artist with an established international profile, working in film, sound and performance, and exhibiting in leading museums, festivals and biennials worldwide, and holds a professorial position at MIMA School of Art & Design, Teesside University. He has a background in architecture and music, and earlier in his career he performed in major venues such as Barbican and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. In the past fifteen years, he has been developing art projects through collaborations with diverse communities, from children to retired people and persons with disabilities to address issues of social and climate justice. 

Karikis has worked with several hundred project participants to date, and exhibited in over three hundred exhibitions worldwide. Solo exhibition highlights in 2019-2020 include shows at TATE Liverpool, UK; MIMA, UK; Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; MORI Art Museum, Tokyo, JP and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, IT. He realised large-scale international projects for the 54th Venice Biennale, IT, 2011; 19th Sydney Biennale, AU, 2014; MediaCity Seoul, KR, 2015; Kochi-Muziris Biennale, IN, 2016; European Capital of Culture, Aarhus, DK, 2017 and the 2nd Riga Biennale, LV, 2020.

Is this event for you?

Whatever your professional background, this event is designed to support potential by inspiring new conversations and allowing introductions to take place that will enable collaboration.

The event will take place on Zoom, the video conferencing platform. You don’t need to have an account but we recommend that you sign up for a free account and use the desktop program.

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