For Immediate Release:
June 01, 2008
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
Virtual Unreality Exhibition Extended Through June 1, 2008
Interactive Digital Artworks Use Game Technology
Three Internationally-Known Artists Embrace the Unreality of Virtual Spaces
Our world is edging more and more towards digital environments. What are the societal and cultural implications? Does it change the way we think? The way we feel? Virtual Unreality, a popular interactive exhibition in the Exploratorium’s Seeing Gallery, extends its run through June 1, 2008. It brings together three digital artworks by internationally-known artists that use game technology to explore the unreality of virtual landscapes. The works are Life Spacies II by Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, Scalable City by Sheldon Brown, and Oceans (2000-2007) by Dan Torop.
Virtual Unreality presents artworks that use the inherent unreal nature of these environments to create urban and suburban landscapes, undulating seascapes, and strange, never-before-seen creatures that plunge us into new worlds. The new worlds, by implication, are both inside the artwork and in our everyday world -- that is, in the ways such worlds ultimately redefine and alter our perception,understanding, expectations and interactions with our everyday world.
If you were to create your own digital environment, what would it be?
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About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.
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