2019, Virtual painting printed on aluminum, 15 x 15 in.
Topher Sipes is a Virtual Reality Art Director, Illustrator, Designer, Developer & Performance Artist focused on immersive ritual design based in Austin, TX. He mixes analog methods with virtual drawing & sculpting tools spatially to communicate visually through XR applications, fabricated materials, web & print media. He has worked with Google, AT&T, SmartCar, the Houston Symphony, studied with the Flow Genome Project, has a BFA in Communication Design from Texas State University and professional experience in public art, fabrication design, graphic design, projection performance, dance and environmental interpretation. Inspired by animation & video games growing up, he avidly drew but realized the power of performance after bringing audience members to tears during a projected performance of his drawing onto dancer Samantha Beasley. Together, they founded ARTheism, setting the stage for Topher's adoption of Virtual Reality to combine drawing and dance together seamlessly through sculpting photons. He works with others focused on water / ecological protection, and those focused on embodied, state changing practices for transformation (such as SoundSelf, a technodelic meditation experience). Ask him about sleep hygiene tips, driving glass bottom boats, how breath can calm your nervous system and what it's like to keep a dream journal for 16 years.