A look at the immersive shift in Australia’s cultural sector and how to fund it

REMIX Summit 2023 in Perth delved into "The Immersive Revolution" and what this could mean for funding models in Australia.
Immersive experience. Image is of multicoloured tree trunks without leaves and a blue pathway leading through them.

This year’s REMIX Summit (14 September) hosted by the WA Museum Boola Bardip and the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA), explored the themes of culture, technology and entrepreneurship with a focus on the booming immersive entertainment market. Incorporating digital and hybrid physical environments, the growth and demand for immersive experiences has been dubbed “The Immersive Revolution”.

Local and international speakers seeded the minds of creatives, cultural organisations and policy-makers with ideas on how best to prepare for what REMIX co-Founder, Peter Tullin, predicted will be a ‘fundamental shift akin to the dawn of the internet’ for Australia’s arts and cultural sector.

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Kim Balfour is a Perth-based writer and former professional dancer. Since 2008, she has produced performing arts writing and criticism for The West Australian newspaper and Seesaw Magazine. Kim's writing portfolio also includes articles on science and technology, and she currently works as a freelance grants consultant for arts and LGBTIQA+ organisations. For the 2019 and 2020 Perth Fringe festivals, Kim and co-producer Lauren Amos, created two award-winning art-science machine learning installations. In 2020, Kim was selected as a writer-in-residence at the Centre for Stories, where she commenced work on a creative nonfiction book on gender identity and expression in the performing arts.