Expos, festivals, and conventions centered on immersive technology continue to grow in number and importance. The majority of them focus on breaking new advancements in VR/AR tech or showing the new experiences on the horizon, but a few exist just to appreciate the artistic aspect of the industry. The VR Society is putting on such an event with The Art of VR, a celebration of art and technology taking place in New York on June 22-23.
“New York City has always been at the forefront of the creative sector so we are delighted The VR Society has chosen to host The Art of VR in our city,” said Julie Menin, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, in a prepared statement. “As this event will showcase, virtual and augmented reality now intersect with so many industries that are based here – from fine art to real estate and from media to entertainment. Events like The Art of VR enable New Yorkers to experience these applications first-hand – something they’ll be able to do even more frequently when we open the nation’s first publicly funded VR/AR lab later this year.”
The Art of VR is open to the public if you purchase a ticket and will serve as a great opportunity to get a better understanding of virtual and augmented reality and how they both impact a collection of industries.
“The public is hungry to explore all the ways we can experience and work in virtual reality. The Art of VR is our chance to share the potential of this exciting new medium,” says VR Society President Jim Chabin. The event will be home to a sneak peak of a VR film from two-time Oscar and Grammy winner A.R. Rahman, the premier of family-friendly animated feature Raising A Rukus produced by Hollywood visual effects expert Robert Stromberg, and much more.
Along with those visual features, there’s going to be a Space VR exhibit from Sotheby and a collection of panels on VR and its use in museums curated by artist-in-residence Gabe Barcia-Columbo. There’s going to be plenty of things to see with different flavors for different individuals. More information can be found on their website. Tickets start at $50 and there are different options for the multiple sessions taking place during the two-day festival.