VR Art Exhibition To Open In London Next Year

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VR Art Exhibition To Open In London Next Year
November 1, 2016

The Royal Academy of Arts is set to host its first ever virtual reality exhibition that will open to the public next year.
 
It will be created in partnership with the HTC Vive virtual reality platform and run from 11 - 14 January 2017.
 
The exhibition, called Virtually Real, will allow visitors to walk through and interact with the artworks in a variety of different virtual worlds.
 
"The artists selected for this collaboration represent an emerging generation who are perfectly equipped to investigate the possibilities for an art rooted in the virtual world," said Mark Hampson, the head of Fine Art Processes at the Royal Academy Schools.

The HTC Vive's motion-sensitive controllers will allow them to interact with things in the virtual space. And the artists involved will also use 3D printing to create real-world alternatives of their creations.
 
"Their use of hybrid approaches, that utilise both traditional and future forms, enables them to manipulate technologies both with and against their intended commercial functions," said Hampson.
 
"The work they produce will signpost us to unexpected future creative outcomes and new universes of Artistic possibility, helping mould the identity of future art school creativity.”

HTC Vive
 
The exhibition will further the cause of virtual reality as a technology used for things besides video games.
 
Jon Goddard, HTC’s VR team said: " This collaboration shows VR’s future as an art form and we’re proud to partner with such an established institution as the Royal Academy to achieve this world first.
 
 
"We hope the project will allow visitors to see what can be achieved creatively when the virtual and physical worlds of art are combined, and hopefully be inspired themselves."

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