09 January 2020

Exhibition Combines Art and Music in Augmented Reality Experience

The Gallery at VCUarts Qatar is hosting an exhibition that combines augmented reality, art, and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach from an album by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, to give visitors a unique and immersive audio-visual gallery experience.

At the exhibition, visitors are provided with augmented reality handsets and headphones that will immerse them in a world of 3D art and classical music that responds to their movements.

Artist Sougwen Chung created six original 3D drawings and sculptures to blend virtual and physical spaces. Visitors to the exhibition can point the provided handsets at her artwork which is accompanied by the recordings of Yo-Yo Ma that matches the user’s movement in relation to the given artwork.

The six pieces of art on display in the Gallery and surroundings allows the visitors to move freely around the area using the augmented reality handsets, while listening to the music.

Yo-Yo Ma’s rendition of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor” is played through the provided headphones. This work is from Ma’s 2018 recording, Six Evolutions.

The opening reception for the exhibition, titled, “Into the Light” took place at 6pm on January 15, and started with a panel discussion titled, “Art + Technology: How do artists use it to shape their craft and the way their audiences experience it?”

The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Bahaaeldin Abudaya, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Fire Station Artists in Residence; with Jessica Brillhart, the Director of the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, and the founder of the independent XR studio, Vrai Pictures; and Myriam Achard, Chief, New Media Partnerships and PR at Centre Phi.

The exhibition will run until February 22.

Project Creators: Jessica Brillhart, Igal Nassima
Key Collaborators: Yo-Yo Ma, Sougwen Chung
Producers: Erica Newman, Max Lauter
Production company: Vrai Pictures
Creative Development: Superbright
Associate Producer: Corinne Brenner
Exhibition design produced by Phi 

Regular opening hours: Saturday to Thursday - From 9am to 5pm / Fridays and national holidays - Closed

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