Virtual reality technology is changing the game in storytelling. At the Newseum, visitors can now step back into time for seven minutes and experience communist East Berlin at the height of the Cold War.
Using a VR headset, headphones and two handheld controllers, visitors can walk through the deserted streets of East Berlin and witness the communist propaganda posters and austere atmosphere that characterized the walled-off city. Although visitors are safely tethered within a 10-foot-by-10-foot space inside the museum, their experience is punctuated by the anxiety of dodging the guard tower searchlights that sweep “no-man’s land” looking for wall jumpers. Once back on the West Berlin side of the wall, visitors can use their controllers to help break down the decades-old barrier to freedom.
After concluding the VR experience, visitors can make their way down to the Newseum’s Hubbard Concourse Level, where eight sections of the Berlin Wall and an actual East Berlin guard tower have been on exhibit since the Newseum opened. The Berlin Wall exhibit explores the history of the wall and reminds visitors of the struggles worldwide to preserve or obtain the right to free expression and religious liberty.
Kingdom of Colors is an immersive visual experience from French filmmaker Thomas Blanchard and artist Oilhack, soundtracked by Lyon-based composer Leonardo Villiger.
Immerse yourself into the world of dreamlike colorful liquids in motion showcased via our state-of-the-art 270 degree wall projections. Watch how this unique and innovative visual installation pushes the limits of engineering and creativity using the new possibilities afforded by advances in filmmaking and camera technology.
This piece is a successful continuation of French filmmaker Thomas Blanchard’s creative experiments with colorful liquids, as most recently seen in his work for the Apple’s commercial of iPhone X. Using a mix of paint, oil, and liquid soap, Thomas Blanchard and Oilhack create islands and oceans of bright colors, rocking us smoothly through circular moves of liquids in motion. Every frame of the video has been shot with macro lenses. The result offers a fluid and otherworldly composition of interacting colors, a kind of surreal and psychedelic experience.
Thomas Blanchard is a Lyon, France based graphic and motion designer and Oilhack is a multidisciplinary artist and co-founder of WeAreColorful based in Lyon, France.
To further the colorful experience the exhibit will showcase interactive works of NOIRFLUX & TIM THOMPSON
To spark your taste buds — and your imagination, ARTECHOUSE creative team will present an extended selection of the Augmented Reality Activations & Cocktails to complement the new installation. Make sure to download the free AR app from Google Play or iTunes Store before your visit.
October 6, 2017–January 7, 2018
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light is the first exhibition on this groundbreaking artist and his spellbinding light compositions in more than forty years. As early as 1919, well before the advent of consumer television and video technology, Wilfred began experimenting with light as his primary artistic medium, developing the means to control and project colorful, luminous forms that have been compared to the aurora borealis—and which he referred to collectively as lumia. The exhibition features nearly half of the extant light works by Wilfred representing each phase of his career, from early at-home instruments made for individual viewers to his most ambitious public installation, Lumia Suite, Opus 158, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1963 and recently restored in a joint conservation project by the Gallery and MoMA. Also included in the exhibition are sketches and diagrams from the artist’s archive, now in Yale University Library’s Manuscripts and Archives collection. Recognized as an innovator by artists of his time such as Jackson Pollock, László Moholy-Nagy, and Katherine Dreier, Wilfred has since disappeared from the story of American modernism. Lumia restores this avant-garde artist to his rightful place at the forefront of kinetic and light art.
Black Box features new work by international contemporary artists who are collected by major museums and routinely featured on the international art circuit. It is also an essential voice for emerging talent, representing artists who work with video, digital, new media, systems, interactive media, immersive installations, mobile communications, platforms, visualization, augmented/virtual/mixed reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, games, social media, generative software, surveillance, biotech, and robotics.
The tightly curated program unfolds through exhibitions, screenings, projects, discussions, workshops, installations, performances, and hybrid formats. An online channel premieres and distributes festival content to audiences in Seattle and beyond.
SIFFX is a brand-new four-day festival within the Seattle International Film Festival, showcasing the most current and creative thinking in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and 360° immersion. Building on SIFF’s commitment to fostering cinematic arts and independent filmmaking, SIFFX will convene filmmakers, storytellers, activists, artists, creative technicians, and educators to explore contemporary forms of new media, exhibit new work, experiment with new tools, make connections and dig into the question: How can we shape the purpose, use, and language of an entirely new medium at this pivotal moment?
We’re pleased to announce the dates for the 12th Annual Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music, Visual Art and New Media will be September 23rd through the 27th, 2015.
Founded in 2003, Decibel Festival has become a unique platform for exposing attendees to leading-edge multimedia art from around the globe. With a focus on live performance, interactive multimedia art, state-of-the-art sound and technology based education; Decibel has solidified itself as one of the premier electronic music festivals and promotional organizations in the world. The five-day festival program averages over 25,000 attendees a year.
The Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival is a traveling showcase of the best in cinematic virtual reality. Come celebrate the pioneers of virtual reality filmmaking with an evening of artist presentations, VR demos, and engaging discussions.
Kaleidoscope has curated 20 of the most innovative VR films from around the world. These pioneering artists are inventing the language of cinematic virtual reality.
August 22 – Portland, Oregon
August 26 – Seattle, Washington
August 29 – Vancouver (Canada)
September 15 – San Francisco, California
September 23 – Los Angeles, California
September 26 – Denver, Colorado
October 1 – Montreal (Canada)
October 4 – Toronto (Canada)
October 6 – New York City
October 14 – Austin, Texas