Sp[a]ce gallery at Ayzenberg presents "Spatial Reality: Artists Explore the Future of XR" curated and produced by Jesse Damiani, the editor at large for VR Scout.
The extensive exhibit features more than 20 world-class artists working in the cutting-edge space, including Wesley Allsbrook, Nancy Baker Cahill, Bill Barminski, Can Büyükberber, Issac “Cabibo” Cohen, Jorge R. Gutierrez, Kevin Mack, Pussykrew, Steve Teeps, John Orion Young, and more.
XR is a spectrum of ‘extended’ reality that includes virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), and completely three-dimensionalizes the virtual world. After a half-century computing in 2D, we are suddenly adding in the full expression of our bodies and our understanding of space,” explains Damiani. “The advent of mainstream immersive technologies is the single greatest amplification of human capability since the discovery of fire; a paradigm shift so massive we’ve only just begun to taste its impact. Marshall McLuhan famously claimed that ‘the medium is the message’ — that the ‘message’ inherent in any technology is the change of pace or pattern it introduces into human reality. So what happens when reality itself is the medium?
For a question that big, Damiani is turning to artists and storytellers—the visionaries who leapt over a precipice and into new worlds without any idea where they might land. “It deserves note that this leap takes a tremendous amount of courage,” Damiani adds. “The work in this exhibition is unlike anything you’ve encountered, and it’s a sneak peek of the reality you’ll soon inhabit on a daily basis. XR is still nascent, but as the art in this exhibition resoundingly asserts: not for much longer.”
Visitors can also take part in nine days of fully immersive programming, panel discussions, and demonstrations.
Scheduled events include:
Friday, October 12: Hit + Run Live Screen-Printing + Music featuring visionary XR artist and collaborator Isaac “Cabibo” Cohen Coinciding with Art Night Pasadena, Hit + Run, the world-traveling originators of live screen-printing, will take over the gallery for an evening of collaboration, wearable art and music.
Saturday, October 13: Art Center Night featuring Interaction Design faculty Jenny Rodenhouse and Filip Kostic and key faculty and alumni from Art Center’s acclaimed Interaction Design program faculty. This evening’s events will feature a panel discussion, faculty and alumni in person, and more.
Sunday, October 14: VR Demo with Nancy Baker Cahill featuring four immersive virtual reality experiences. See Nancy’s 4thWall AR App, and only on October 14 will be a chance to meet Nancy and demo her suite of four virtual reality programs, Hollow Point 1, 2, and 3 and Strange Laugh.
Saturday, October 20: VR Demo with Kevin Mack | Shape Space VR Kevin Mack in person showcasing Anandala, Blortasia, and Zen Parade. If you have not experienced Kevin Mack’s virtual worlds before, get ready for a mind-blowing experience. The Oscar-winning effects artist has been honing his skills in VR for years and the viewer benefits from the fruits of his labor.
Sunday, October 28 - Closing Event: Google Spotlight Stories featuring Jorge R. Gutierrez’ “Son of Jaguar” and “Sonaria” with Chromosphere’s Theresa Latzko. The event is moderated by legendary CalArts Experimental Animation faculty, Michael Scroggins. Google Spotlight Stories is the Oscar-nominated, Emmy award-winning platform for immersive stories at the forefront of using mobile 360, mobile VR and room-scale VR headsets to create compelling content, and building the innovative tech that makes it possible. Open to the public, entry donation for this particular event will benefit the CalArts Alumni Program.