Rindon Johnson, Flattened Still from „Meet in the Corner“ (Publishing House, 2016)

Rindon Johnson, Flattened Still from „Meet in the Corner“ (Publishing House, 2016)

THE UNFRAMED WORLD
Virtual Reality as artistic medium for the 21st century

Rachel Rossin, Just A Nose, 2016 (VR experience for Oculus Rift), photo by Franz Wamhof

Rachel Rossin, Just A Nose, 2016 (VR experience for Oculus Rift), photo by Franz Wamhof

Artists: Li Alin (CAN/DE), Banz & Bowinkel (DE), Fragment.In (CH), Martha Hipley (US), Rindon Johnson (US), Marc Lee (CH), Mélodie Mousset & Naëm Baron (FR/CH), Rachel Rossin (US), Alfredo Salazar-Caro (US)

Curated by: Tina Sauerländer (peer to space)

At: HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel), Switzerland

Opening and Artist Talk: Jan 18, 2017 at 6 pm with Li Alin, Banz & Bowinkel, Fragment.In,  Rindon Johnson, Marc Lee, Mélodie Mousset, Alfredo Salazar-Caro, moderated by exhibition curator Tina Sauerlaender

Duration: January 19 to March 5, 2017

Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Portrait of Elizabeth Mputu, 3D scanned data, custom software, 2016 (VR experience, exhibition view, photo by Franz Wamhof)

Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Portrait of Elizabeth Mputu, 3D scanned data, custom software, 2016 (VR experience, exhibition view, photo by Franz Wamhof)

In Virtual Reality the viewer overcomes the limited surface of a computer screen. Instead of looking through a window, the viewer exits real surroundings to become part of another world.

(c) Li Alin, Enter Me Tonight, 2016 (VR experience), photo by Franz Wamhof

(c) Li Alin, Enter Me Tonight, 2016 (VR experience), photo by Franz Wamhof

The exhibition is the first comprehensive presentation of the artistic use of the VR medium at HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel). The group exhibition presents various artistic approaches towards the medium that has been impacting many realms of life since mass-market VR technologies were launched in early 2016. These technologies will continue to significantly transform in the years and decades to come.

The artistic works in the exhibition convey the aesthetic potential of Virtual Reality and examine its role as a critical medium for reflection on states of being in the world today. The works addresses architecture and urbanity, bodily perception and physical laws, social issues, poetry, performance, gender and identity. In addition VR technologies such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard will be introduced.

The desire of humanity to become immersed and to delve into new worlds has always been present—like the inner chambers of Egyptian pyramids, the frescoed rooms of the Renaissance, panoramas or vast cinema screens. Looking at a flat surface remains a passive experience for the viewer, ever aware of the limited screen and the real environment. In Virtual Reality, the beholder now perceives surroundings in a 360-degree all-round range in 3D from a personal point of view and explores them using a head-mounted display, a controller and body movement. As an active component and central point, the viewer or user moves around in the illusionary space and senses a self-presence as well as the proportions and dimensions of the surroundings. In the exhibition, the visitor becomes a part of virtual artworks, which are thereby lifted from the pedestal of sublime admiration and brought closer to the reality of the viewer's life.

The Unframed World: Virtual Reality as artistic medium for the 21st century introduces VR experiences by nine international artists that are embedded in their installations, projections, video works or sculptures in the exhibition space. The exhibition offers not only a virtual and immersive experience, but also a real and physical one.

PRESS LINKS

TV: Tele Basel, Vernissage TV

NEWSPAPERS: DIE ZEIT, FAZ, Badische Zeitung, TageswocheWochenblatt

RADIO:  SRF (radio, German, from 14.17 min), SWR2Podcast Digital Brainstorming, Detektor.fm

ART MAGAZINES: MONOPOL, KUNSTFORUMART Magazin

BLOGS: ArteFuse New YorkAnti UtopiasVersions (Killscreen), Artinside

 

EXHIBITION VIEWS by Franz Wamhof (more information on hover): 

The exhibition is supported by: