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ArtScience Museum opening VR Gallery for digital artworks

Marina Bay Sands is opening a permanent VR Gallery to showcase innovative VR artworks at the ArtScience Museum on July 10.

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The new VR Gallery at Marina Bay Sands‘ ArtScience Museum is opening on July 10. It will be equipped with state-of-the-art VR headsets and controllers, which guests will use to enjoy immersive art experiences.

The innovative VR Gallery launches with a presentation of VR artworks by contemporary artists Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson and Marina Abramović.

Honor Harger, executive director of ArtScience Museum, said new technologies such as VR and AR “enable museums to create pioneering new experiences for audiences”.

Harger said the attraction “will present a rolling programme of cutting-edge virtual reality works by artists, filmmakers and scientists”.

The attraction “underscores ArtScience Museum as a destination for groundbreaking immersive experiences”, Harger added.

In collaboration with Acute Art, Hyperrealities is headlining the launch of the VR Gallery, with Eliasson, Abramović and Kapoor exploring nature, climate change and the human body.

“Today’s immersive technologies, virtual reality and augmented reality, will change and
expand the ways we experience art,” said Daniel Birnbaum, artistic director of Acute Art.

Eliasson’s first VR artwork, Rainbow, merges art and science. Eliasson generates a digital version of the natural phenomenon, with visitors entering an immersive environment where they encounter a curtain of falling water.

Immersive digital art at ArtScience Museum

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Abramović, a pioneer of performance art, fuses art and activism in her VR artwork, titled Rising. This explores the effects of climate change on sea levels within a virtual space featuring a glass tank.

Into Yourself, Fall is Kapoor’s first VR artwork. This takes viewers on a journey through the human body, and visitors will experience the sensation of falling into themselves while using a VR headset.

Last month, the ArtScience Museum opened a major exhibition called Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed, which is a multi-sensorial experience with interactive and immersive installations.

These were created by some of the world’s leading video game developers, including Kojima Productions, Enhance, thatgamecompany, Tequila Works, Media Molecule and David OReilly.

Images: Marina Bay Sands

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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