Present Futures: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Art

Present Futures: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Art

Royal College of Art

February 29, 2024
Present Futures: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Art
Royal College of Art short course in collaboration with Acute Art
May 9–13, 2024, 10am

Join the Royal College of Art (RCA) and Acute Art this summer for a three-day short course in London. Early bird discount ends March 15, 2024!

Present Futures: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Art offers an introduction to the fascinating world of new technologies and how they are changing contemporary art and its institutions.

Led by John Slyce (RCA) and Daniel Birnbaum (Acute Art), this course offers multiple perspectives on how today’s virtual media will expand the ways we make, present and experience art.

With gallery and studio visits, as well as guest talks from globally recognised artists, industry figures and academics, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for anyone interested in the intersection of virtual and augmented realities (VR/AR) and contemporary art.

Guest contributors you will interact with in-person or online on the 2024 programme include: Es Devlin (Artist and Stage Designer), Marco Brambilla (Artist and Film Director), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Curator and Director of the Serpentine Gallery), Simon Fox (CEO, Frieze Art Fairs) and more to be announced!

They will share how they are engaging with, exhibiting, collecting, negotiating and understanding the impact of these new technologies on the art world ecosystem.

“A truly interdisciplinary experience. I was so impressed by the range of fields the course was able to draw upon both in terms of speakers and students.” —Thomas McLucas, 2023 participant

“Present futures has been a revelatory experience that has profoundly touched the soul of my practice, re-imagining possibilities of creation, sense of place and intentionality.” —Julia Mahrer, 2023 participant

About Acute Art
Acute Art collaborates with the world’s leading contemporary artists, providing access to cutting edge technologies that allow them to translate their creative vision into NFTs, and virtual and augmented realities.

Works produced include those by Marina Abramović, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Olafur Eliasson, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Bjarne Melgaard, Jeff Koons, KAWS and more. The artworks are accessible through our creative collaborations with recent exhibitions taking place in Basel, London, New York and Venice.

About the RCA
The RCA is the world’s leading art and design university, having been ranked for nine consecutive years as the world’s number 1 art & design university in the QS World University subject rankings (2015–23).

RCA short courses attract a global mix of critical thinkers, creative practitioners, curators, artists and writers, providing access to teaching, researchers, leading professionals, resources and facilities, as well as opportunities to collaborate and connect with an international network of peers.

Book an early bird discounted space before March 15, 2024.

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