Electric is a VR exhibition, curated by Daniel Birnbaum and organised by Acute Art, presenting a selection of works from established and emerging artists, who explore this new medium from radically different angles.
Presented as a group exhibition, Electric features works by the Städelschule Architecture Class (SAC), R. H. Quaytman, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, and Anish Kapoor, premiering at Frieze New York in May 2019.
Acute Art brings together renowned international artists, new media and technology to produce high quality visual artworks and exhibitions in established art institutions worldwide. Recent displays of Acute Art works have taken place in London, Basel, Moscow and Venice. Acute Art endeavours to produce and exhibit VR, AR and mixed-reality artworks that are accessible, approachable and can be exhibited without the requirement of complex infrastructure.
The Third Glass, a spatial-digital object by Städelschule Architecture Class (SAC), based on Marcel Duchamp’s seminal work, The Large Glass, is the perfect lens through which to view these distinct works, as a metaphor for new possibilities in art.
In the case of R. H. Quaytman’s + x, Chapter 34, the artist uses Hilma af Klint’s occult imagery, intended to lead the viewer into levels of awareness beyond those known from two-dimensional illusionism and three-dimensional reality, in order to create glimpses into another universe.
Anish Kapoor, and Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg have used the medium of VR to develop their practice in a new dimension. Built upon recurring motifs and techniques from the artists’ oeuvre, these immersive experiences take the viewer on disconcerting journeys through ?ctional worlds.
Adapted for Serralves, this project also presents a work by Olafur Eliasson, an artist whose work is currently being shown in the Serralves Museum and Park, and, in the Park, an augmented reality project by Koo Jeong A.