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UNREAL

© Akihiko Taniguchi

Unreal © NRW-Forum Düsseldof

Unreal © NRW-Forum Düsseldof

Virtueller Anbau NRW-Forum © Manuel Roßner

Virtual Art Worlds

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."– Philip K. Dick

Virtual reality will be one of the major themes in 2017 - for business, the entertainment industry and for art. Up to now, in order to exhibit digital art, many museums and exhibition venues have resorted to the, frequently, unsatisfactory makeshift solution of transferring the virtual works back into white space. The virtual room has been a scarcely used option for contemporary art.

Now, at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, a purely virtual exhibition space will be developed for the first time and visitors will enter this through a virtual reality lounge, which will be 250 square metres in size, on the upper floor. There will be several sections in which visitors with VR glasses will be able to move around freely in the virtual room, in which virtual group and solo exhibitions will be presented in the future. 

"Unreal", 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.

In 1993, Louis Rossetto, founder of Wired magazine, wrote, "the Digital Revolution is whipping through our lives like a Bengali typhoon"; he later corrected himself, he "should have said that the Digital Revolution was ripping through our lives like the meteor that extinguished the dinosaurs." It is high time exhibition venues also faced up to the digital transformation.

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