Art Basel & Google launch Virtual Reality art project for Hong Kong

Art Basel Hong Kong which opens to VIP’s and Press this Tuesday (March 21st) has collaborated with Google Arts & Culture to present ‘Virtual Frontiers: Artists experimenting with Tilt Brush’.

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‘Virtual Frontiers: Artists experimenting with Tilt Brush’ presents the work by renowned international artists boychild:

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Cao Fei (fresh from a retrospective at MoMA PS1 in New York), Robin Rhode, Sun Xun and Yang Yongliang, created with Tilt Brush by Google (a 3D drawing and painting application).

Art Basel helped select the artists who were then invited by Google Arts & Culture to attend multiday residencies in Beijing and Paris to learn and experiment with Tilt Brush. For the duration of the show, fair visitors will be able to explore five new virtual reality works that were created by the artists all of whom worked for the first time with Tilt Brush.

Titled ‘Eternal Landscape’ (2017), Yang Yongliang’s work responds to ‘Shan Shui’, a traditional style of Chinese ink painting that depicts scenery or natural landscapes and is often considered to be one of ancient China’s most important contributions to the history of art. ‘Eternal Landscape’ recreates a traditional Shan Shui landscape in a virtual immersive realm, while trying to preserve the classical aesthetics through a modern replica.

With ‘Gusheshe’ (2017), which in South African township slang translates to ‘go faster’ or ‘very fast’, Robin Rhode references the BMW E30, a model that was produced and driven on the streets of the townships of South Africa in the early 1990’s, a politically tumultuous time for the country. Rhode took inspiration from the iconic street culture in South Africa and re-imagined ‘Gusheshe’ animated in a virtual setting. The idea of transforming this car with its many connotations into virtual space can be seen as a way of expressing a certain cultural landscape or code, engineered in a not so distant future.

‘The previous life of the Yimatu mountain’ (2017) by Sun Xun is a portrait of Yimatu, the highest mountain in Fuxin in Liaoning Province, the artist’s hometown. It focusses on the way the artist imagines what life around the Yimatu mountain would have been like in the past.

Cao Fei’s mixed reality film, titled ‘Derivation blurs the virtual and physical worlds’ (2017), declares a utopian future where walls and societal restrictions are broken and new conversations and new possibilities emerge.

boychild’s ‘Untitled: Series of Hand Dances’ (2017) is an imagination of space through several improvisational hand dances that were performed over the course of three days in Paris, France.

Freya Murray, Program Manager, Google Arts & Culture:

‘It has been a privilege to collaborate with Art Basel and host boychild, Cao Fei, Robin Rhode, Sun Xun and Yang Yongliang in Paris and in Beijing, inviting them to experiment with Tilt Brush by Google. It is exciting to see artists embracing new technology and using it to create new forms of art.’

Viewing information
‘Virtual Frontiers: Artists experimenting with Tilt Brush’ will be on display in Art Basel’s Collectors Lounge during show opening times. You need to register as spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis more details HERE

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the founder and editor of FAD magazine, a curation of the world’s most interesting culture, and Creative Director of FAD Agency, a strategy & creative agency working with brands to solve business problems using cultural tools. www.fad.agency In 2008 following his passion for art he founded what has grown to become FAD magazine. FAD magazine is internationally recognized as a key figure within the emerging and contemporary art world, and has been selected as official partner by organizations as diverse as Moniker Art Fair, START, Volta and Christie’s. In addition Mark is a columnist for City Magazine.