First Look: Artists’ VR

 

First Look: Artists VR is a new virtual reality exhibition in the form of a free mobile VR app for iOS and Android, featuring six commissioned works by leading artists: Peter Burr with Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Jeremy Couillard, Jayson Musson, Jon Rafman, Rachel Rossin, and Jacolby Satterwhite.

A first-of-its-kind initiative, the exhibition explores possibilities for experimental animation in mobile virtual reality. The six works range from fantastic original worlds to moving social commentary and include:

  • An astral memorial to victims of police violence (Musson)
  • A guided meditation through landscapes taken from the game Call of Duty: Black Ops, drained of violence and transformed into an ethereal dreamworld (Rossin)
  • A journey through a fantastical industrial nightclub (Satterwhite)
  • A portrait of a woman navigating an unfolding labyrinth (Burr with Heartscape)
  • A simulation of the afterlife (Couillard)
  • An unsettling dive into an alternate world rife with avatars both banal and magical (Rafman)

HOW TO USE FIRST LOOK: ARTISTS VR

  1. Download the free First Look: Artists’ VR app for iPhone or Android. You must have iOS 9 or later, or Android 4.4 or later. The First Look: Artists’ VR app will also be available for Gear VR, downloadable at the Oculus store. (See additional device compatibility information below.)
  2. Connect to Wi-Fi to avoid data charges.
  3. Open the First Look: Artists’ VR app and search through content.
  4. Choose a work to download or stream.
  5. Use a Google Cardboard or another viewer, or simply turn the phone to landscape mode, to experience all 360 degrees of the video.
  6. If possible, wear headphones. If you do not have headphones, turn up the volume on your device