‘In VR We Trust’ Call for Artworks (Germany)

The two-part exhibition ‘In VR we trust’ will take place at the Nudel in Zeitz 22-25 April 2021 and at the NRW Forum in Düsseldorf 13-16 May 2021. It aims to reflect on the current status and future value of virtual reality as an artistic tool or medium on the basis of four critical positions and at the same time to enable a public discussion about it.

The organisers are looking for works that critically deal with one or more of the following questions and perhaps offer answers:

  • Why should artists deal with VR? What actual added value does VR have for art and for our society?

  • Is VR inherently different from previous ‘new media’ (360° film, before that 3D film, before that film, before that photography) or is it simply a new form in a gradual development?

  • In other words: How can we understand VR as an already mature, grown-up medium?

  • What expectations do viewers have of VR (headsets)? How can we actively deal with them?

  • How can the fractures between analogue and virtual reality be discussed primarily or even entirely from virtual reality and not from the analogue?

  • What can VR art look like that primarily triggers an artistic and not a media experience?

The four selected positions will each be shown for one day at the NRW Forum in Düsseldorf and at the Nudel in Zeitz in two four-day discursive exhibitions. These will be accompanied by discussions, lectures and an intensive exchange with the other artists. For this reason the continuous presence at both exhibitions is required.

A total fee of 500€ is paid for the two exhibitions. In addition, there is a maximum of 150€ each for travel expenses; simple board and lodging on site will be provided. The artists commit themselves to be present at both exhibitions on all four days and, if necessary, to be present at the set-up.

Deadline: 30 September 2020

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