About Us

The About us Page for the Texas Immersive Institute

What is Immersive

Immersive isn’t new. It’s been around since humans discovered the power of storytelling. Attached to the drawings on the caves of our ancestors is a story and a message. An experience so inherently “immersive” that it inspired humans to create greater and better things. But as our species continues to advance, so do our standards for what qualifies as Immersive. 

At TXI, we believe three crucial components must be satisfied for an experience to be considered immersive. First, the design must be intimate. A sincere and honest connection must be made with the audience through libraries worth of research that deeply understands the user’s pains, gains, wants, and needs. An experience must also be interactive such that the user feels they have a personal stake in the story being told. The story cannot move forward without their participation, and the user should be acutely aware that they are needed. Lastly we require the design to integrate experiential elements so that the story feels real. Friction between the story’s reality and the user’s reality can break engagement.

If an experience truly satisfies these needs then an audience will be immersed in a story that can provoke genuine action and true connections.

 

The Mission

Texas Immersive Institute’s mission is to provide access to emerging technology and research to design experiences for artists, scientists, and humanists who use storytelling to share solutions to big problems that are responsive, responsible and remarkable.

Our goal is to imagine the unknown into existence through the practice of immersion. We strive to ensure our community lives at the intersection of culture and commerce such that consumers can engage through a blend of physical, digital and voice environments with ease.

 

The Vision

We aren’t just innovators -- we’re translators of today’s world. We’re explorers of uncharted spaces. We don’t limit ourselves to thinking about the now because theorizing what’s to come gives us an insatiable hunger to create. 

We demo or die.  

We write and design.

We research and code.

We empathize and strategize. 

We humanize technology.

We, as a collective, strive to understand one another to create novel, interactive, intimate experiences that move between the physical and digital world that will dramatically change in the near future.

 

The Goals

We’re a band of maker misfits and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our goals cross multiple disciplines and industries because our diverse skill sets can inspire change just about anywhere.

1. Push boundaries and knowledge of audience research using emerging platforms.

2. Design immersive storytelling as a vessel to provoke actionable change.

3. Consider and apply how emerging technology can improve our daily lives.

The Team

Meet the team behind the scenes making the magic happen.


 

Partners

We’re so thankful for the support of our partners who’ve joined us in exploring the future of media.


 

Faculty Affiliates

Meet our faculty affiliates who are a small band of edge dwellers developing applied research transdisciplinary immersive projects.


 

Immersive Fellows

Through an application process, we invite Researchers, Graduate Students and Industry Professionals on an annual basis to expand their creative and scholarly goals in collaboration with a partner of Texas Immersive Institute.


 

Steering Committee

A beacon to welcome the partnership and guidance of an interdisciplinary group of members consisting of local industry professionals, faculty and students involved in Texas Immersive Institute.


 

TXI Student Explorers

Check out the explorers who get their hands dirty imagining novel immersive experiences through the Texas Immersive specialization.