New Zealand-born artists Jess Johnson and Simon Ward have become a pioneering team in the still-emerging fringe of virtual reality and immersive art. The pair has found a niche between Johnson’s drawings influenced by science fiction and technology with Ward’s animated interpretations, resulting in a virtual reality experience into which viewers can fully descend.
Over summer Heide will present the pair’s critically acclaimed work, Terminus, touring from The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. The installation lets viewers take part in a choose-your-own-adventure-style journey featuring “alien architecture, humanoid clones and cryptic symbols that open up to the viewer via a cyber network of travellators and gateways”, according to a press release. As well as the virtual-reality experience, the exhibition will also include a selection of Johnson's intricately detailed drawings, quilts made in collaboration with her mother Cynthia Johnson, and meticulously beaded gowns from the Mysteria Wisteria Collection made in collaboration with fashion house Romance Was Born.
Admission is included with a museum pass.
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