Nesli Er - günten is a multimedia storyteller based in Los Angeles and Istanbul. She received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California’s Animation and Digital Arts program. Her interdisciplinary projects combine her passions for documentary filmmaking, performance art and interactive technology. Nesli’s background in dance and political science enhance and inform her technique as an experimental animator, festival coordinator and community builder. By utilizing multi-media platforms to showcase her art, she strives to foster environments that engage audiences. As a lead technical creative at VRSE, a virtual reality start-up in Hollywood California, Nesli helmed the technical infrastructure needed to streamline 360˚ stereoscopic virtual reality footage. Her work for VICE News, United Nations, Smuggler, and National Geographic not only produced award-winning films, but also paved way for further collaborations with directors like Andrew Thomas Huang, for Björk’s VR music video, “Stonemilker,” Guy Shelmerdine’s, “Catatonic,” Chris Milk’s “Million Man March” and “Clouds Over Sidra.” After leaving Los Angeles for Istanbul, her desire to expand the lexicon of creative storytelling in Virtual Reality was replaced with a desire to make a positive impact in the real world. Her latest and ongoing project aims to strengthen communities by facilitating gatherings that promote critical thought and expression. Nesli’s previous experience coordinating large scale events, coupled with staying afoot new technologies, and integrating design based thinking to education, provide a purposeful focus in her quest to make immersive and transformative experiences come to life. Her love for learning and strong inner drive help guide her as she paves the way for new innovation on the streets of Kadikoy, Istanbul.