Veil VR Art Installation – Viewer Reactions


This is currently on show at Gazelli Art House until June 26th. It was a collaboration between Iain Nicholls and creative technologist Tom Szirtes. VR today is in its infancy and is still awkward to experience, is seen as somewhat of a gimmick and has yet to break away from the association with video games. So this installation acknowledges this in not taking itself too seriously while at the same time referencing (Lumiere Bros, Velazquez etc.)similar revolutionary art works from the past which went on – like VR will – to change the world.


“Lookout Lookout – Experiments in a Virtual Double World”

This online residency will be images created during June by painter Iain Nicholls and sculptor Alison Gill for a collaborative virtual reality installation centred around a residency at The Lookout Tower, Aldeburgh 26th June – 3rd July, provisionally titled “Lookout Lookout – Experiments in a Virtual Double World”. It is a development diary of ideas for the work to be created during the residency.

The loose aims of the collaboration is firstly to investigate the relationship between making art using virtual reality and making art in more traditional ways, with real objects and spaces crossing over into a virtual reality ‘double world’. Secondly it is hoped to then experiment with how these new virtual spaces relate to the ‘old’ space of reality with reference to the space the residency takes place in – The Lookout Tower, Aldeburgh.

Iain Nicholls collaborated with programmer Tom Szirtes last year to create “Veil” a virtual reality art installation recently shown at Gazelli Art House and some images which led to Veils creation which have not been seen before are shown here to begin with as they had a similar relationship to the final Veil installation as the images which follow in June will have to the new installation Iain and Alison will be creating.

Iain Nicholls’s CV

Alison Gill’s CV

Click on the link below to view the Vimeo film

Veil VR Art Installation at the Barbican Arts Centre London August 2015

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