25. May - 30. Juli 2017 NRW Forum


Unreal © NRW-Forum Düsseldof
© Akihiko Taniguchi
Giulia Bowinkel & Friedemann Banz: VR 01
Tabita Rezaire: Premium Connect (Real deal), 2016, Commissioned by Impakt, Utrecht, Netherlands
Tabita Rezaire: Premium Connect (Real deal), 2016, Commissioned by Impakt, Utrecht, Netherlands

Virtual Reality Exhibition

Virtual reality will be one of the major themes in 2017 - for business, the entertainment industry and for art. With its "Unreal“ exhibition, the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, as one of the first exhibition venues worldwide, will inaugurate a permanent virtual extension building, on 25 May 2017, in which virtual group and solo exhibitions will be presented in the future. 

The debut exhibition will revolve around epistemological issues. How is reality structured? Is it at all still possible to distinguish between simulated and authentic worlds? How intelligent are artificial systems already? Will virtual reality make the human body superfluous at some point?

The international group exhibition will showcase works by, among others, Akihiko Taniguchi, Harm van den Dorpel, Giulia Bowinkel & Friedemann Banz, Manuel Roßner, Tabita Rezaire and Theo Triantafyllidis. "Unreal“ will be curated by Alain Bieber, the artistic director of the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, and the Net artist, programmer and founder of the virtual gallery Float, Manuel Roßner, who will also design the architecture of the virtual room.

Akihiko Taniguchi, artist, programmer and lecturer at the Tama Art University in Tokyo, develops detailed 3-D models of everyday spaces. The work of this 31-year-old artist, who lives in Japan, gained international attention, in 2014, when he produced a music video for the digital musician Holly Herndon.

The Düsseldorf-based artists Giulia Bowinkel & Friedemann Banz, graduates of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, focus on the materiality of the digital and its crossovers into the physical environment. Their works reflect the relationship between between digital technologies and the human body as well as traditional modes of artistic creation. Their work was last shown at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf in the "Virtual Body" exhibition.

The Greek artist Theo Triantafyllidis, who lives in the USA, combines virtual worlds with pop culture. His sculptures and video works create colourful virtual worlds and parody international consumer culture.     

With its digital extension, the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf will be exploring the new opportunities that are emerging for art galleries through the digital transformation and will open its virtual gates for a new generation of 'post-Internet' artists who work primarily with digital media.

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