– 30 July 2017
The virtual space is uncharted territory that researchers from various disciplines are currently exploring and they are emphasising the varied potential that it presents. To date, art has had relatively little experience with virtual realities which is why the NRW Forum has created a virtual reality lounge which, as the first purely virtual exhibition space, aims to make it possible for visitors and artists to research virtual reality.
Over 250 square metres, visitors to the exhibition, who are provided with VR glasses, can enter different areas each with its own “reality” and move around freely within it. As one of the first exhibition houses to open a virtual extension for this new technology, the NRW Forum is posing basic epistemological questions in “Unreal”, its debut exhibition:
What is the structure of reality?
To what extent does the simulated world differ from the real world?
How intelligent are artificial systems already?
These questions are examined in the international group exhibition through works by Akihiko Taniguchi, Giulia Bowinkel and Friedemann Banz, Manuel Roßner, Tabita Rezaire and Theo Triantafyllidis. Manuel Roßner also designed the architecture of the virtual space.