Heide x Experimenta
VR PROGRAM Produced by Experimenta in partnership with Heide Museum of MODERN Art.
Experimenta is excited to be partnering with Heide Museum of Modern Art to produce public programs for Heide’s major exhibition TERMINUS by artists Jess Johnson and Simon Ward (2 November 2019 – 1 March 2020).
With their pioneering use of virtual reality, these artists have created an immersive installation that exquisitely blurs physical and virtual environments. Experimenta’s program will highlight the creative exhibition potential for VR and the diverse ways in which Australian artists are currently experimenting with the medium.
WORKSHOP: VIRTUAL REALITY CINEMA
Sidney Myer Education Centre
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen, VIC
Adult $140 / Concession $130 / Heide Members: $120
Michael Lyon from Virtual Reality Cinema will explore the new wave of virtual reality works by artists in this three hour hands-on workshop. Participants will learn about the best production approaches and accessible equipment techniques for VR 360 filmmaking and produce a 1 minute VR clip featuring the grounds and landscape of Heide.
Places limited. No prior experience needed.
Museum admission, workshop, materials and a glass of wine are included.
Mixed Realities: Virtual Reality Symposium
The Capitol, 113 Swanston Street, Melbourne (VIC)
Adult $50 / Concession $45 / Heide Members: $40
As virtual reality evolves and becomes more accessible, a new generation of Australian artists have embraced its immersive promise and sensorial potential. Through digital landscapes, these creators are developing new ways to communicate and interpret our varied realities and are developing models for international presentation.
The Mixed Realities: Virtual Reality Symposium program invites practicing artists, creative technologists and cultural institutions to come together for a day of conversational exchange and practical insights. Presentations will explore the conceptual and technical opportunities of virtual world-building and the presentation complexities of gallery installation and audience engagement.
Emma Roberts and Ben Joseph Andrews are a producer/director team working in immersive mixed/extended realities (XR). Their work integrates VR within bespoke multi-sensory environments and performance-driven installations to create collective experiences ranging from the transcendent to the ecstatic, the transformational to the sublime.
Their experiential work includes allthestarstheybleedtogether (2016) and the immersive near-death experience STARLESS (2017). They are currently in production on Petrichor, a durational VR installation chronicling the macro narrative of the climate crisis in the Daintree rainforest. Their work has been supported by the likes of Creative Victoria’s Creators Fund, Screen Australia and Film Victoria.
Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine are filmmakers and artists based in Melbourne, Australia. They have collaborated since 2001 on stop-motion animated films and installations that investigate narratives of belonging and metamorphosis, and engage viewers both physically and emotionally.
The most recent project ‘Passenger,’ a 10 minute stop-motion VR experience, recently premiered internationally in competition at the 76th Venice International Film Festival. Their films have been screened at film festivals across the world including at Cannes (where they were awarded a Special Mention), Chicago and Sundance. Their installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally including at the ICA, London, at the Seoul New Media Biennale and at the Art Gallery of NSW. Their installation ‘You Were In My Dream’ won the 2010 Premier of Queensland’s National New Media Art Award. Their 2011 interactive installation, ‘It’s a jungle in here’, won an Award of Distinction (Interactive Arts) at the 2012 Prix Ars Electronica.
Sojung Bahng is a new media filmmaker and researcher based in Melbourne and Seoul. She is a PhD candidate at Monash University’s SensiLab in Australia and a director for Artengine, a multidisciplinary art organization in South Korea. Sojung’s works have been shown in many countries. Her interactive VR project Anonymous was shown at BIAF 2019 in Bucheon and TSFM 2019 in Torino. Sojung’s 360° essay film Floating Walk was selected as a finalist at Social Impact Media Awards 2018 in Los Angeles, and her dance film Poetry of Separation was screened at NDC in New York. Her collaborative live cinema performance Contemporary Witchcraft was shown at VCA gallery in Melbourne, ICLC in Madrid and ICMC in New York.
Sojung’s experimentations into architectural cinema and database film were presented at various international symposiums and conferences, such as ISEA, ArtsIT, ICIDS, and more.
Mohamed Chamas originates from a land once home to a solar cult and, more recently, the spirit of revolution. Chamas is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, game developer and poet based in Naarm (Melbourne, AU).
Their practice approaches a heterogenous union between Islamic mysticism and the contemporary-technological. They dance with djinn and cyborgs in an electrified trance, calling on cosmological, ancestral, ethno-cultural and socio-political ways of being and knowing. Leading Chamas’ approach is a re-territorialisation of cyberspace for the oriental body- and speculative bodies to come- deconstructing the persisting webs of power along the way.
This event is produced by Experimenta in partnership with Heide Museum of Modern Art.
The Virtual Reality Symposium 2020 is hosted by The Capitol.
Image Credit: Terminus: Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. Photograph: Christian Capurro