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HTC Vive powers virtual reality (VR) experiences at Royal Academy and Tate Modern

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HTC Vive powers virtual reality (VR) experiences at Royal Academy and Tate Modern

London’s Royal Academy of Arts and Tate Modern are currently running exhibitions featuring virtual reality (VR). Both have been created in partnership with HTC Vive’s digital platform.

From Life at the Royal Academy of Arts combines life drawing and virtual reality to create a new form of experiential artwork. This is the first time that Jonathan Yeo, alongside Royal Academicians Humphrey Ocean, Yinka Shonibare, and Farshid Moussavi, have produced works of art designed in Vive.

Viveport: MakeVR and Google TiltBrush

A whole new take on life drawing, the artists used the Vive technology as well as specialised content from Viveport: MakeVR and Google TiltBrush.

The exhibition is spread across two galleries at the Royal Academy, with three virtual reality experiences installed in the Tennant Gallery. The exhibition explores the past, present and potential future of this enduring art form.

The virtual reality experiences are intended to help visitors understand the potential applications of this fast-evolving technology and how it can open up new channels for making and interacting with art.

HTC Vive powers virtual reality (VR) experiences at Royal Academy and Tate Modern

A new dimension to Modigliani’s life and works

Tate Modern’s Modigliani show is the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work ever staged in the UK. It features one hundred works, including many of his distinctive portraits and sculptures.

To add a new dimension to Modigliani’s life and works, Tate presents a virtual reality experience right in the heart of the exhibition. Visitors don Vive headsets and step into early twentieth century Paris and the world of the artist.

HTC Vive powers virtual reality (VR) experiences at Royal Academy and Tate Modern

A first of its kind at Tate, the experience has been developed using extensive archive material and new research to enrich visitors’ understanding and deepen engagement.

From Life at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, runs until 3rd November 2018.

Modigliani at Tate Modern, London, runs until 4th February 2018.

Images courtesy RA and Tate

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