CGA explores the metaworlds and superpowers of game dev software on the upcoming event in Novi Sad

The CGA Belgrade platform recently announced a temporary "relocation" to Novi Sad on the occasion of an interesting event. This is CGA Novi Sad: Enter the MetaClub, a hybrid event within the Kaleidoscope of Culture that will take place from 2nd to 5th September 2021. It will feature outstanding digital artists, prominent new media artists, and part of the attention will be focused on educational initiatives related to Unreal Engine software.

The focus of the Novi Sad edition of the CGA conference is on the art program designed by the award-winning curator, Dr. Maja Ćirić, and presents the works of Tanja Vujinović and Andreas Wannerstedt. These artists perform their work in software that has long been present in the video game industry such as Unity, Cinema 4, and Arnold renderer, and we have no doubt that the local audience will be interested to see how independent artists use the capabilities of these tools – and in a completely different way. ways.

Wannersted’s mesmerizing animations have great commercial value, are sold as NFTs, and among his clients are a number of world-renowned brands. On the other hand, Tanja Vujinović creates strange meta words in Unity, which means that her interactive works are continuously “alive” and can be visited through virtual games Sansar and VR Chat.

On Friday, September 3, Sava Živković will present his new animated film live to the Novi Sad audience and dissect the complete creative process of its creation. Zivkovic is otherwise well known to the gaming community as an experienced CG artist who works at trailers at Axis Studios for exceptional AAA titles such as Gears of War 5 and Outriders.

Saturday, September 4, is dedicated to panel discussions within the CGAcademy program unit, each in its own way, dedicated to Unreal Engine software. For a start, there is a panel with the participants of the specialized course Train the Trainers, which was realized by the Crater Training Center with the help of a mega grant from the company Epic Games, and with the support of Novi Sad’s 3Lateral. It is about the education of university professors who are focused on computer graphics and education in the field of video games.

The second panel that day will be held online and will be attended by the organizers and participants of the Summer of Unreal educational program, as well as professional animators and Unreal Engine specialists. The moderator is Mark Flanagan, education partner from Epic Games, and Andrew Brassington from the British college Escape Studios, Tom Box, co-founder of the famous Blue Zoo Animation studio and Draško Ivezić on behalf of the Croatian Adriatic Animation are participating.

The fact is that a large part of the Montenegrin community and representatives of the creative industry come from Novi Sad. The CGA collective was therefore looking for a way to say a big thank you to this part of the community for its support so far, so the cooperation with the Foundation “Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture” was a logical step.

Since the event is conceived as a hybrid, the exhibitions and part of the lecture will be able to be physically visited in Novi Sad, and the entire program will be able to be followed online on the CGA Belgrade website or via the CGA YouTube channel. Registration for the event is mandatory, especially for those who want to physically attend the event, as the number of visitors to the facility will be limited in accordance with health regulations. Participation in all programs is free.


You can find the complete program HERE.

(Title visual: Layers by Andreas Wannerstedt, 2021)