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December 7, 2015

5 world-altering virtual reality art installations

List: Damon Albarn's new musical and others feature on CBR's list.

By Alexander Sword

1. Enter.wonderland

This free digital exhibition at the National Theatre in London, running from 2 December 2015 to 30 April 2016, provides attendees with specially created digital experiences through an array of virtual reality technologies including Oculus Rift, Kinect, Google Cardboard.

It is based on the upcoming musical by Damon Albarn, Moira Buffini and Rufus Norris, which is the National’s first virtual reality based production and focuses on blurring boundaries between our online and normal lives.

A virtual reality music video called fabulous wonder.land based on the musical is also set to premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in the US.

 

2. Veil

Created by the virtual reality design studio mbryonic, these art installations use virtual reality to create an alternate world.

It is based on a custom plinth which sports a simple house made of cardboard. The viewer is given a headset to wear.

The viewer then remains in the same exhibition space exactly where they are in the physical world, but then experiences surreal semi-narrative and interactive sequences. Each display is unique to where it is set up and has to be experienced in a gallery or exhibition space.

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3. Nature Abstraction

Matteo Zamagni’s Nature Abstraction was based on research into scientific and mathematical concepts such as geometry and quantum physics.

It immerses the viewer in a world of 3D fractal images to create a hypnotic experience that aims to reveal the hidden workings of the physical world.

 

4. Lossy

28-year-old New Yorker Rachel Rossin works in New York City, and has throughout her life been both an artist and a computer programmer.

In this exhibition at Zieher Smith & Horton, Rossin hung paintings alongside Oculus Rift headsets. The wearer then experiences a 360 degree view of Rossin’s apartment and studio, combining the real images with surreal virtual images.

 

5. Sentient Flux

Sentient Flux, created by Nicola Plant and Alexander Adderlyey, immerses the participant in a world of glowing particles.

The user can interact with these particles, which illuminate themselves when disturbed by movement.

The installation was displayed at the Barbican in London as part of the Interfaces showcase in August.

 

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