In The Press
The Mixed Reality Workshop (TMRW) is an independent platform for artists and art audiences to access technology through a curated programme of exhibitions, talks, performances, residencies and participatory events.
With augmented reality (AR), predominantly orchestrated via mobile devices and a growing list of wearables, and virtual reality (VR) enabled via traditional headsets, becoming more pervasive, these technologies are transforming how people experience and engage with the world, with each other and, increasingly, with brands.
With the foresight and intelligence that Sibande has adopted in her work here, there is plenty of tantalizing potential in what ever may happen next within the realms and means of TMRW’s kingdom of immersive shadows.
South African art has encountered VR – the next revolution in art… Graham Wood went to see Mary Sibande’s first exploration of the medium.
TMRW’s current exhibition ‘Old Masters New Realities’ comprises two sections – one in which Wayne Barker has created a series of works that respond to the works of JH Pierneef, and the other in which Lady Skollie has responded to a work by Gerard Sekoto. Both pieces comprise VR – Barker’s is a typically impish and layered invitation into the artist’s studio where he produces his responses to Pierneef in the company of Betty Boop, extracts from an old SABC documentary on Pierneef and the possibilities offered by VR tilt-brush painting.
Roberts is very interested in all the things that surround the VR experience, projecting what the person is seeing or “creating a sculptural object that the VR sits in. This helps the audience to engage with the work and not get blocked by the tech and is also a potential collectible.