2nd Iteration of The Invisible Exhibition returns to TMRW Gallery
The second iteration of The Invisible Exhibition returns to The Mixed Reality Workshop (TMRW), giving audiences who missed its season at The Centre for the Less Good Idea ample opportunity to experience this acclaimed augmented and virtual reality exhibition.
Opening on Saturday May 18th and running until mid-July, The Invisible Exhibition features five 360 VR films and 10 Augmented Reality Artworks. The work emerged out of Season 5 of The Centre for the Less Good Idea which ran in the Maboneng Precinct from April 24–28. It follows the first iteration of the exhibition which was conceived during The Centre’s Season 2 in October 2017 – and which earned critical praise for introducing Johannesburg audiences to the possibilities of AR and VR, and fine art.
Co-curated by Phala Ookeditse Phala and David April, Season 5 saw traditional forms of art and performance being re-imagined through free-spirited, transdisciplinary collaboration and the alternative realities made possible by technology. A collaboration of TMRW and The Centre for the Less Good Idea, The Invisible Exhibition shows the possibilities of merging the endless reaches of the creative mind with the new horizons presented through technology. Its international impact will be cemented when it forms part of the Holland Festival, an international performing arts festival that takes place in Amsterdam in May and June 2019.
Viewed on VR headsets, the 360 VR films programme features William Kentridge’s Day Will Break More Than Once, Sue Pam-Grant and Sylvaine Strike’s Dinner Table, Siyabonga Mthembu and Nhlanhla Mahlangu’s Ungasabi and Janus Fouché and Nhlanhla Mahlangu’s Empty Note. Jonah Sack’s Inhuman Theatre is also part of the 360VR programme along with a version of his Season 5 installation, Four Movements To Outlast Us: Dust, Rain, Falling, Fire.
Created using Tilt Brush, the Augmented Reality Artworks will be presented through a specially developed app loaded onto tablets. The app enables audiences to effortlessly scroll through, and experience, William Kentridge’s Typewriter, Marcus Neustetter’s The Observatory, Mbongeni Fakudze’s Rhythm, Fatima Tayob Moosa’s Phases of Connection, Lady Skollie’s Watch The Expulsion, Grace Mokalapa’s Mysterious Forms – GB698, Io Makandal’s The Grit and The Pearl, Cow Mash’s Udder Storm, Blessing Ngobeni’s Pierced Scars and Anastasia Pather’s You’re an obstacle, You’re not a man.
TMRW’s collaboration with The Centre to create a bespoke AR App is evidence of its commitment to extend the panorama of hybrid forms of art and technology that it was created to propagate, while its collaboration with The Centre and a growing slate of leading fine artists underscores its stature in the artistic community.
“From TMRW’s inception, we have wanted to commission work that is a reflection of our belief in the technology being in service of the art, and not the other way around,” says Ann Roberts, Director at TMRW Gallery.
“During our collaboration with The Centre for the Less Good Idea’s Season 5, it was fascinating to see how each of the artists used Tilt Brush as another tool in their existing artistic practice. From the choice of colour to the subject matter, each of the 10 AR works is an extension of the individual artist’s body of work and, as they scroll through the app, visitors will very quickly get a sense of the multiplicity of ways artists can use AR to make art.”
For Roberts, alongside being a one-of-a kind experience for visitors, The Invisible Exhibition places TMRW at the forefront of a global movement to create immersive, mixed reality experiences that are firmly showing the way to a future world. “It is gratifying to be part of exploring this new frontier,” Roberts concludes.
Also at the TMRW Gallery is The Invisible Exhibition Drawing Workshop by Robyn Penn on Saturday 8 June from 10h00 – 12h00. It’s for all ages and If you would like to book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants must arrive promptly.