The will to revise nature is as old as humanity, but now there are new tools that allow you to change your environment faster than your dress. In 1993, the show at the SoHo branch of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, optimistically titled "Virtual Reality: An Emerging Medium," sought to jump-start what was thought to be the next big thing – Virtual Reality (VR). In the next years we will experience the spread of Virtual Reality all over the world, as it becomes an integral part of our daily life with both advertisement and cinema raring to serve us with new dazzling experiences. But how are visual artists and art institutions reacting to these new possibilities? Virtual Reality affords incomparable access to light, space, sound, sensation, perception, visualization and disruption, all of which are essential ingredients in contemporary art. How can we not only soaked in but also develop a new way of cultural practice in virtual worlds? We will discuss the most cutting-edge concepts and practices with international speakers working with VR. German curator, Manuel Rossner, will discuss these endless possibilities with the Chinese artist Wang Xin, who is the one of a few Chinese artists practicing in VR technology, and Mexican artist, Gibrann Morgado, the head of developer of Uncurated, Theoklitos Triantafyllidis, in addition to Chinese new media artist, Lin Ke, who will also be included through online video-chat.
Override Reality supported by 1933 Read/View Project includes two lectures. During the first lecture we invite curators Manuel Rossner and Chen Yi Fan and artists WangXin, Lin Ke, Gibrann Morgado, who have been keep practicing of new media technology in art, to explore the possibilities of "Virtual Reality” in the space in real. The second lecture invites several senior experts in the creative industry well associated with virtual reality equipment, as well as dedicated professionals in China Academy of Art to discuss the present status of VR application and their perspectives of its future.
Manuel Rossner studied in The Hochschule für Gestaltungin Germany and École des Arts Décoratifs in France. He creates far-off spaces, often, but not necessarily, intersecting with reality. In 2012, he started float gallery (www.float.gallery), where the classical white cube is extended into the digital realm. Currently, he is one of the first worldwide to work on a Virtual Reality extension for the public museum in Germany by co-curating the opening exhibition for the new space. www.manuelrossner.de
Wang Xin is a Chinese new media artist working and living in Shanghai. Wang graduated from China Academy of Art in 2007 and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA degree) in 2011. She has participated in a variety of exhibitions and projects including the 2nd “CAFA Future” Exhibition: “Observer – Creator”, Chinese Visual Festival, West Bund Art & Design Fair, Animamix Biennale 2013-2014 in Shanghai MOCA etc. Her work mainly takes form through installation, moving images and new media. The subconscious, art world system and post-humanism are key themes in her artistic creation. www.vvwxvv.org
Lin Ke was born in 1984. He graduated from China Academy of Art in 2008. One of the members of Double Fly, he had the first solo exhibition Link in Yang Gallery in 2014. In 2015, he was nominated by the 10th Award of Art China. He works mainly in video recording and performance recording, which are based on the esthetic of internet operating system. The closest group exhibitions in China and abroad including of WE (Chi11 Art Museum, 2016), GLOBALE: New Sensorium (Center for Art and Media, Germany. 2016). The Ballad of Generation (OCAT, Shanghai, 2015).
Chen Yifan lives and works in Shanghai. He has been active in Chinese contemporary art since 2008. His practices are mainly curatorial, art review, and project management. He studied in Ecole Nationale Supérieure d‘Arts et Métier in France from 2010 to 2013. He has curated several exhibitions and independent art projects, including “Black and White ” (Art in the City, 2014), “The Back Studio-Work Site of Yang Inhee”(2015), “Around Mountain-Ren Jie”(2015), “Off the Shore”(2015) ,“Chen Xiao: Night Out/ Into”(2015). He launched the project "Between Two Waves “with artists to explore the ecology of contemporary art of Shanghai. The first issue, "Between Two Waves I: Holographic creation record in Shanghai”, has been exhibited in the Korean Cultural Center Shanghai.
Gibrann Morgado, from Mexico City, is head developer and creator of Uncurated, an initiative to build mixed reality contexts, design experiences and digital speculation. He is also the co-founder of Vngravity, a digital art gallery online focused on generating VR worlds. His work has been showed in New York, Chicago, Berlin, Miami, Limoges (France), and Mexico City, among other places, as well as online and through review in The Creators Project, The Future of Storytelling, and Prosthetic Knowledge, among others. His practice is focused in the continuum reality-virtual, global politics, evolutive computation and emotional interfaces. www.vngravity.com
Theoklitos Triantafyllidis is an artist and architect from Greece who specializes in internet art and interactive virtual environments. He received his Diploma of Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 2012 and is a currently a MFA Candidate at University of California, Los Angeles in Media Arts. His latest exhibitions include Isla Lacerta (UCLA, Los Angeles CA, 2015), Welcome to LA (UCLA, 2014) and How to Save Water (Serifos Island, Greece, 2014). His work has been exhibited in galleries around the world, including Beijing, London, Paris, Los Angeles, and Germany. http://theotrian.tumblr.com/
Image: Chris Timms, Sensual Objects, 2012 at Float gallery