The makers have promised a different and unique exhibition: Guests to the Royal Academy of Arts in London in some time will be doing something most galleries would frown upon – interact, walk through, and even over, the creations.
This is done by a team of three young artists from the Royal Academy’s School with Taiwanese technology company HTC to create this amazing and wonderful exhibition of Virtual Reality art.
Eliott Dodd is also in the team: “The challenge is mostly starting from scratch on something you’ve never used before. It’s like being presented with a new tool that you don’t understand, but there are triggers there that you do understand, kind of intuitive ways of working from using other computer software,” he said.
This studio will also strip away many of the constraints a traditional artist faces and, in this respect, Eliott Dodd has found his early experiments rather liberating.
“There’s a lot of experimenting to do because all the software is in its early conception, early versions. No one quite understands how these drawing softwares are going to end up being used, maybe commercially or in the arts, so everything you’re doing feels quite unknown,” Dodd added.
There will be the use of two programs to create their works – Tilt Brush, a painting program, and Kodon, a 3D modelling app.
Rikard Steiber is the Senior Vice President of Virtual Reality at HTC. “The exciting thing about virtual reality is that for the first time we’re bringing the real world together with the imaginary, or the virtual, world, And as you can see here tonight we’re having artists going into the virtual world, create new pieces of art and then we’re going to bring them out of virtual reality into the real world as 3D printed objects – so that’s a world first.” Rickard says
Tickets are limited for ‘Virtually Real’, the Royal Academy’s first exhibition of Virtual Reality art, that runs from January 12 to 14.