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EXHIBITING VIRTUAL REALITY ART: Curating Bodies and Concepts of Space
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to investigate the meeting between virtual reality art and constructed spatialities in art exhibitions, to see what curated virtual reality art does in art exhibitions. The questions asked are: How does the curator take the virtual reality artwork into account, spatially in the exhibition? What function/s does the artwork’s technical equipment have in the curated presentation? What kind of social situation occur when virtual reality art is curated in exhibitions? The method is an analysis based on three artwork case studies structured around three aspects: presentation, argument and interaction, looked through Henri Lefebvre's theory of space and new media studies. The first case study points out that virtual reality art disconnect and blindfold the user. Also, that exhibition visitors becoming an ‘audience’ to other visitors experiencing the virtual reality artwork is a consequence of the constructed spatiality. Next case study shows that virtual reality art in exhibitions has a performance quality and that such performing can create an ambivalent social situation amongst the audience. Also that curating virtual reality means curating bodies too. Last case study points out that virtual reality art in exhibitions opens up for looking at spatiality and concepts of space in a wider meaning. The thesis generates thoughts reflecting on how curated virtual reality art in exhibitions culminate in various levels of audience interaction.

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2018.
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virtual reality art, art exhibition, social space, spatiality, new media, digital, curating, interaction, audience
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Art History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164156OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-164156DiVA, id: diva2:1279142
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Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-01-15 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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