Spatial Reality: Artists Explore the Future of XR
October 12 to October 28
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
CURATED AND PRODUCED BYJesse Damiani
FEATURING OVER 25 WORKS FROM
Nancy Baker Cahill
Issac "Cabbibo" Cohen
Jorge R Gutierrez
John Orion Young
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Jesse Damiani is Editor-at-Large of VRScout, a Forbes contributor, and CEO of Galatea, a screenwriting and project management tool for VR and AR stories. Other work appears in Adweek, Billboard, Entrepreneur, HuffPost, IndieWire, and Quartz; with syndication in The New Digital Storytelling textbook, Columbia Journalism Review, and REDEF. He served as curriculum writer/editor for Google's "VR and 360 Video Production" and "Introduction to Augmented Reality and ARCore" courses as well as a mentor in YouTube's VR Creator Lab. He regularly speaks at industry events and shows such as Cheddar, Millennials Don't Suck, and No Proscenium. Last year he was interviewed as an expert source in the AP guide for immersive journalism and was listed as a top global VR influencer by Onalytica.
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.
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
Parking area located at the west side of the building. Enter through doors adjacent to parking area at:
39 E. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91103
In addition to parking provided next to the a.network facilities, additional free 90-minute parking is available in the public underground lot on Raymond Avenue just south of Walnut Street.