New Virtual Reality section at Frieze features Anish Kapoor, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
18 April 2019A new Virtual Reality (VR) section will be presented at Frieze New York 2019. Curated by Daniel Birnbaum of Acute Art, the presentation is entitled Electric and will feature VR works by Anish Kapoor, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, among others.
“When a new medium emerges and is employed by artists there appears to be a window of a few years that allows for free experimentalism. For augmented reality and virtual reality that period would seem to be right now. Electric presents a number of artists of different generations who make use of the new technical tools. Some of the works included reference works of art, such as Marcel Duchamp’s The Large Glass that appears to have anticipated dimensions that become visible today. Others explore entirely new immersive possibilities.” – Daniel Birnbaum.
Anish Kapoor's presentation (pictured) is the artist's first virtual reality work. Into Yourself, Fall, takes users on a journey through the human body, experiencing the sensation of falling into yourself via the immersive headset. Kapoor’s work seeks to simulate vertigo as a descent inside the human body, depicting a labyrinth of the inner workings of the self.
It Will End in Stars is an immersive virtual reality experience combining Nathalie Djurberg’s distinctive sculpted figures with black and white charcoal drawings, text, and an unsettling soundtrack by Hans Berg. A dream-like vision ends in a sprawling star-scape, reiterating the mystical, nature of the work and reiterating the landscape’s dream-like nature.
Visitors will experience Electric using headsets available at the booth, and via the Acute Art app, which makes the exhibition accessible to a global audience. Read more about the project here.
Image: Anish Kapoor, Into Yourself, Fall (still), 2018 © Anish Kapoor and Acute Art