Spatial Reality: Artists Explore the Future of XR

October 12 to October 28 | Event Calendar

XR—a spectrum of ‘extended’ reality that includes virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)—three-dimensionalizes the virtual world. After a half-century of computing in 2D, we are suddenly adding in the full expression of our bodies and our understanding of space.

The advent of mainstream immersive technologies is the single greatest amplification of human capability since the discovery of fire, a paradigm shift so massive we’ve only just begun to taste its impact. Marshall McLuhan famously claimed that “the medium is the message”—that the “message” inherent in any technology is the change of pace or pattern it introduces into human reality.

So what happens when reality itself is the medium?

For a question that big, we turn to the artists and storytellers: the visionaries who leapt over a precipice and into new worlds without any idea where they might land. And it deserves note that this leap takes a tremendous amount of courage. The work in this exhibition is unlike anything you’ve encountered, and it’s a sneak peek of the reality you’ll soon inhabit on a daily basis.

XR is still nascent, but as the art in this exhibition resoundingly asserts: not for much longer.

—Jesse Damiani, Curator/Producer

General admission tickets to Spatial Reality are complimentary. A reservation provides admission to the exhibit for the day specified on the ticket, but entry time is not guaranteed due to the limited capacity of the event space. Entry will be contingent on occupancy.

VIP tickets are available for $45 and provide guaranteed access at reserved 90-minute time slots (12:00pm-1:30pm, 1:30pm-3:00pm, 3:00pm-4:30pm, and 4:30pm-6:00pm). VIP tickets assure immediate access to all experiences and allow ticketholders to go to the head of the line. The first 100 VIP tickets also include an exclusive Spatial Reality T-shirt from Hit+Run.

In the interest of providing access to as many participants as possible, each of the XR experiences is limited to 10 minutes (except as indicated). Times will be indicated on wall tags next to each experience.

General and VIP admission will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, October 12-28, from 12-6pm.

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All proceeds from the Spatial Reality exhibit directly benefit the contributing artists as well as ArtCenter, CalArts, City of Hope, and Innovate Pasadena.


Wesley Allsbrook
Bill Barminski
Danny Bittman
Can Büyükberber
Nancy Baker Cahill
Isaac "Cabbibo" Cohen
Trudy Elmore
Charity Everett
Jorge R Gutierrez
Drue Kataoka
Blake Kathryn
Filip Kostic
Molmol Kuo
Theresa Latzko
Zach Lieberman
Kevin Mack
Ashley Pinnick
Jenny Rodenhouse
Michael Scroggins
Chris SooHoo
Taryn Southern
Steve Teeps
Theo Triantafyllidis
Nicola Verlato
John Orion Young reality

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Curatorial Consultant: Britt Salvesen, Curator and Head, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and Prints & Drawings Department, LACMA.


sp[a]ce is a non-profit project
organized to benefit

Art Center College of Design’s mission is to educate artists and designers to make a positive impact in their chosen fields, as well as in the world at large. Dedicated to being an agent of influence in today’s world by using creativity to help communicate ideas and inspire positive action, Art Center benefits from sp[a]ce gallery through scholarships for non-privileged students.

Innovate Pasadena is a nonprofit, community-driven organization with the vision of creating a vibrant ecosystem of art, technology and science in our own neighborhood of Pasadena. Support from sp[a]ce gallery bolsters IP’s focus on helping support sustainable economic growth for our community.

California Institute of the Arts is an internationally renowned performance art school and Hybrid Incubator for Visionary Entrepreneurs (HIVE). Focused on bringing out visionary creative talent, CalArts benefits from sp[a]ce gallery’s support for entrepreneurial graduate students.

City of Hope, a cancer research institute, is transforming the future of health by turning science into practical benefits, and turning hope into reality. Through innovative research and cutting-edge science, City of Hope is focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes, funding for which is provided by sp[a]ce gallery.

Nancy Baker Cahill

About sp[a]ce

Three years in the making, sp[a]ce is a Kunsthalle project for showcasing the work of progressive international artists.

With an environment created by Corsini Stark Architects, the exhibits are complemented by a vision of architecture that reflects a seamless integration of building and site, form and space, light and material, and style and use. 

Located in beautiful Old Pasadena, sp[a]ce provides a venue for discovery, interaction and inspiration.



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Open 12pm—6pm Saturdays and Sundays
October 12 through October 28
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Parking area located at the west side of the building. Enter through doors adjacent to parking area at:
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39 E. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91103

In addition to parking provided next to the facilities, additional free 90-minute parking is available in the public underground lot on Raymond Avenue just south of Walnut Street.