Artist and technologist Erik Loyer shares his practice of digital instrument-making, and the ways in which he draws from comics, games, music, and film to make art, tell stories, and build creative tools. Loyer will explore how approaching each interaction as an invitation extended by the user — whether on the web, mobile, or in virtual reality — can help to shake up how we think about digital storytelling.
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Erik Loyer (he/him) makes digital artworks and creative tools that combine elements of comics and video games with musical performance. Through his studio Opertoon, Loyer has released a variety of story- and music-driven projects including the touchscreen meditation Strange Rain and the digital graphic novel Upgrade Soul. Loyer has also originated a pair of creative tools, Stepworks and Panoply, which have been utilized in workshops in the U.S. and Europe, as well as in award-winning releases like Danish indie game Stilstand. Loyer is currently a creative technologist at the regenerative design studio Spherical, crafting interactive media to support the renewal of Los Angeles County’s water infrastructure.