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John Desnoyers-Stewart: Interactive Arts & Technology PhD student is finding new ways to connect people in virtual reality

SIAT PhD student John Desnoyers-Stewart is an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist-researcher and a pro­fes­sional engi­neer connecting people in virtual reality.  

"I decided to do my PhD at Simon Fraser University because of the interdisciplinarity available through the Interactive Arts & Technology program."


His research at the iSpace Lab is focused on devel­op­ing immer­sive instal­la­tions to encour­age new per­spec­tives on immer­sive tech­nol­ogy and to better under­stand its true poten­tial and study its effects. He has exhib­ited his multi-user mixed real­ity instal­la­tions, including the project Body RemiXer, at art gal­leries and fes­ti­vals through­out the Lower Mainland and in Regina, Canada. Through these instal­la­tions he hopes to encour­age social con­nec­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tive cre­ativ­ity, explor­ing pos­i­tive social appli­ca­tions of vir­tual real­ity and better under­stand­ing the expe­ri­ence of embody­ing abstract bodies.