Spaces VR and the Comox Valley Art Gallery have collaborated to develop a creative research residency that offers participating artists the opportunity to explore virtual reality applications as a creative medium. The project provides opportunity for immersive explorations of new technology that bridge with traditional art practices through relevant forms of community engaged research, exhibition and presentation.
VIRTUAL REALITY RESEARCH and CREATION / OPEN HOUSE + PUBLIC RECEPTION
Friday, May 31 2019 / 2 – 8pm
A day of artist + community interaction
This event offers all ages an interactive engagement with the virtual reality research + creation projects of artists who are participating in the Spaces VR sponsored residency that is part of the thematic program Constant Change at the Comox Valley Art Gallery. The community will have the opportunity to meet the artists, put on VR gear and be guided through the art projects presented. During the public reception the artists will share their VR experiences and thoughts about virtual reality as an art-making medium. During the afternoon there will be a remote VR station at CVAG for those who wish to take in the robotics and technology experiments presentation event running concurrent with the event at Spaces VR.
2 – 5 pm Hosted at CVAG – A remote on-site VR station will provide experience of the work by VR residency artists (concurrent with Calling All Robots event)
2 – 8 pm Hosted at SPACES VR, 468 29th ST, Courtenay– Community drop-in at Spaces VR, meet artists and engage in their work.
5 pm Hosted at Spaces VR – Public Reception / Artist Talks
This event is for all ages / donations to CVAG gratefully accepted.
Virtual Reality – CVAG facebook album
CVAG’s creative residency program provides extended research and site-specific production opportunities for deepening artistic practice and fostering meaningful relationships between artists and local community.
Spaces VR approached the Comox Valley Art Gallery to sponsor a residency for artists who have little or no experience in virtual reality programs as a art making medium. Five artists: Angela Bedard, Cassidy Gehmlich, Clive Powsey, Emma Heitzmann, and Roxane Fortin have been invited to engage in creative explorations on site at Spaces VR and at a Spaces VR pod on site at CVAG. Matt Adamson, owner of Spaces VR, believes that “virtual reality offers limitless potential for expression, but this is difficult to grasp without experiencing it firsthand.”