Virtual reality becomes tangible at Mary Sibande’s latest exhibition, A Crescendo of Ecstasy – an extraordinary installation that brings her sculptures to life.
The exhibit, currently on display at The Mixed Reality Workshop (TMRW) Gallery in Johannesburg, takes one of Sibande’s life-size installations and animates it into a virtual reality adventure. In it, one of her trademark figurines is swarmed by a cloud of alien creatures, which the visitor is haunted by in the video space, and between a physical installation of the creatures.
@marysibande’s ’A Crescendo of Ecstasy,’ presented by @tmrw_gallery combines familiar sculptural forms and figures with Virtual Reality that brings the work dramatically to life. Based on her use of alter-ego figures made in her own likeness, the piece creates an immersive environment for the viewer that can be accessed both physically and virtually, foregrounding the complex relationship between reality, fantasy and artistic imagination – #MarySibande #TMRW_Gallery #keyesartmile #TheDigitalFoundry #thekinetic #GalleryMOMO #SoloShow #VR #AR #exhibition #exhibitionopening #contemporaryart
Speaking to House and Leisure from Mesh Bar at The Trumpet Building, Sibande explained that the new work saw her take on the role of conductor, working between virtual reality experts at The Digital Foundry, installation teams, seamstresses, animators and sound designers to create, ‘an actual symphony’, which reaches its crescendo in the space.
The work is one of South Africa’s first full-scale virtual reality art installations, and we can reveal that it’s also the last time we’ll see a purple sculpture work from Sibande.
A Crescendo of Ecstacy runs until 29 July at TMRW Gallery. For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.