Interactive Futures (IF) has been active since 2002 holding a conference alongside its exhibitions and performances. From 2002 to 2007, IF was organized by Dr. Steve Gibson, sponsored by the Victoria Film Festival and was held in Victoria, Canada. IF has grown from being a single venue event held at the University of Victoria featuring local researchers and artists, to being a multi-venue event with significant international cultural partners, an active archival website and a publication by an international publisher. For IF’11, Julie Andreyev and Maria Lantin have become co-organizers and relocated IF to be held at Intersections Digital Studios , Emily Carr University of Arts + Design .
IF’09: Stereo offered a broad thematic reading of “stereo” to include research and art works that use techniques and devices to lure the body into ephemeral spaces. Examples included stereographic films and animations, linked interactive performance spaces, simulated touch interfaces, binaural sound works, and mixed-reality art works. IF’09: Stereo invited practitioners working with subtle uses of immersive techniques, illusionary space and objects, and telepresence that evoked unexpected responses and challenged modes of creation used by popular entertainment media and technologies. Some key presenters and researchers included Paula Levine, Munro Ferguson, George Legrady, Steve Dietz, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Catherine Richards, Open Ended Group
IF’07: The New Screen explored new forms of screen-based media from a diverse body of artists, theorists, writers, filmmakers, developers, and educators. IF’07 was supported by a Canada Council for the Arts Media Arts Dissemination Grant, and partnered with Open Space Artist Run Centre , Victoria. IF’07 presented an exhibition and performances featuring artists Fiona Bowie, Peter Horvath, Kate Pullinger, Kate Armstrong, and David Hoffos. The papers from IF’07 and Digital Art Weeks in Zurich (an IF partner for ’06 and ’07) have been published in “Transdisciplinary Digital Art: Sound, Vision and The New Screen”, Edited by Randy Adams, Steve Gibson & Stefan Muller Arisona, published by Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York.
For IF’06: Audio Visions , Randy Adams and Julie Andreyev became co-organizers with Steve Gibson. IF’06 featured Canadian artists Leonard Paul, Peter Courtemanche, Shawn Pinchbeck and Jim Andrews, and performances by Kenneth Newby, Aleksandra Dulic, Martin Gotfrit, Tom Kuo and Greg Hermanovic. International artists included Atau Tanaka, David Tinapple and Andrew Johnson. Digital Art Weeks, a festival held at the Institute of Computer Systems of ETH Zurich , Switzerland partnered as a parallel event.
IF’04: New Media Crossing Boundaries partnered with Open Space Artist Run Centre as the main venue for artistic work showing work by Canadian artists Julie Andreyev, Jean Piche, Kenneth Newby and Aleksandra Dulic and featured a special performance by international artist DJ Spooky.
IF’02 and IF’03 featured Canadian artists and theorists Arthur Kroker, Will Bauer, and Carol Gigliotti. IF’02 included performances by Canadian artists John Celona and Michael Bussiere as well as pieces by international artists Stelarc, Toni Dove, Mary Flanagan and Perry Hoberman. IF’03 included an installation by Canadian artist Don Ritter.