HTC Vive and the Royal Academy of Arts to Showcase From Life Exhibition

London’s Royal Academy of Arts is no stranger to embracing modern immersive technology having created a special 360-degree online experience for its Ai Weiwei exhibition in 2016. Now the Royal Academy will be working with artists exploring emerging technologies for an exhibition in conjunction with HTC Vive called From Life.

Farshid Moussavi RA, Humphrey Ocean RA, Yinka Shonibare RA and Jonathan Yeo are currently experimenting with virtual reality (VR), creating new artwork for the exhibition using artistic software programmes, including Google’s Tilt Brush and MakeVR Pro. The exhibition will reveal the creative process in making these new artworks, as well as showcasing the potential of future artistic applications of virtual and augmented reality (AR).

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Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts said in a statement: “This is an experimental project that explores everything from artistic process to technological evolution and creative collaboration. In a sense, From Life embodies what an artist-run academy was, is and might become.”

Additionally, the Royal Academy will be working with immersive content studio Factory 42, which has been commissioned by Sky Arts and Google Arts and Culture to create VR experiences looking at individual artists’ practice. Sky Arts has also commissioned Factory 42 to produce a documentary entitled Virtual Reality: Mystery of Creativity, which explores creating art in a virtual environment and how artists use these cutting-edge technologies to explore the limits of traditional artistic methods.

“It is our mission to enable, cultivate, and preserve creation with virtual reality in the arts. The From Life exhibition is an incredible opportunity to enable some of the UK’s leading artists to explore the creative potential of Vive’s room-scale VR technology. We are proud to work with the RA to also bring these artists’ works to a wider audience, to be experienced in homes around the world through being published on Viveport, our global VR app store,” added Victoria Chang, Director of VIVE Arts & Culture.

From Life will run from 11th December 2017 – 11th March 2018, open from 10am – 6pm daily. As the Royal Academy of Arts continues to leverage immersive technologies VRFocus will keep you updated.