The 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest saw the festival introduce a new exhibition which focussed on various interactive and immersive projects, including virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and interactive documentary projects, called Alternate Realities. The exhibition will be touring various locations in the UK, Canada and Argentina. The line-up for the travelling exhibition has now been revealed.
A total of fourteen projects will be joining the tour, though not every project will be available at each stop. The tour will be visiting the Barbican, London; Lighthouse, Brighton; and National Science and Media Museum, Bradford; and beyond the UK to Phi Centre, Montreal, Canada and Noviembre Electrónico Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Several of the interactive installation which were available at Trafalgar Warehouse during Sheffield Doc/Fest will be joining the tour, including The Voice of the Unicorn, which features work by Atelier Corners, a group of autistic artists based in Japan. Also on display will be works such as Belongings, Sensible Data/Mixed Emotions, Is Anna OK?, Manic VR and Life in VR – California Coast along with several other acclaimed projects.
Dan Tucker, Curator & Executive Producer of Alternate Realities says: “I am extremely excited about the national and international Alternate Realities Touring Exhibition this year. From London to Buenos Aires, we will be bringing the most immersive, impactful and innovative works to art centres, museums and festivals during our four months of touring. Enabling new audiences to engage with complex and urgent social issues through augmented reality, journey into the minds of others through virtual reality and explore stories about neuro-diversity through multi screen installations. The pieces of work we are showing this year are extraordinary and guaranteed to generate powerful and potent reactions. We are so thankful for the support of Arts Council England in funding our programme and UK Tour and to British Council who have funded our international tour for the second year running. Also to our tour partners supporting us with equipment and expertise – RYOT, Rewind, Unlimited and the BBC.”.
Those interested in attending the exhibition are encouraged to visit the website for the venue to find more information. VRFocus will continue to provide coverage on new and upcoming VR events.