July 10 - September 30
The first Virtual Reality (VR) programme from the ArtScience Museum offers thrilling VR journeys on the self, the environment and the future.
See, hear, feel and experience whole new worlds in three virtual reality artworks created by the brilliant minds of groundbreaking artists.
Suitable only for children 13 years and older.
Olafur Eliasson : Rainbow, 2017
Reach out and touch and shape a rainbow.
A meditative, playful experience that allows viewers to enter an immersive environment through handheld controls, Eliasson creates a majestic curtain of falling water with rainbows misting in and out of view, reacting to the viewer’s movement as they pass along the water. Viewers get to virtually drench themselves in the falling showers, ‘walk’ directly under the curtain of water, listen to its gentle trickle, and playfully phase in and out of colourful prisms of light.
Marina Abramović : Rising, 2018 (PG)
The artist creates an intimate virtual space where viewers get to meet her face-to-face. Steady your feet in the thunderous chaos of crumbling polar ice caps and save her from almost certain doom.
Intersecting art with activism in communicating the terrifying effects of climate change, the artist beckons viewers from within a glass tank that is slowly filling with water from her waist to her neck, putting her own virtual body at risk in presenting the sinister consequence of rising sea levels.
Viewers are encouraged to make contact with Abramović and commence a transportative journey into the elemental chaos of melting polar ice caps where viewers are urged to reconsider their impact on the world around them, and where seemingly simple decisions can mean life or death.
Anish Kapoor : Into Yourself, Fall, 2018 – PG (Some disturbing scenes)
The artist’s first virtual reality work, the experience takes users on a journey through the human body, experiencing the sensation of falling into yourself via the immersive headset.
In designing a custom-made virtual space, cutting-edge technology enabled the artist to explore materiality in alternative realms; drawing upon his highly influential sculptural practice to evoke tactility and transcendence through abstract flesh and muscle.
With a soundtrack by the artist’s son Ishan Kapoor, this experience directly transports the viewer into the artist’s own visceral virtual reality, celebrating the labyrinthian, majestic inner workings of the self.
VR experiences are not recommended for individuals with claustrophobia, a history of seizures, epilepsy, and/or sensitivity to flashing lights.