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Why Not? Virtual Reality Art Installation

Why Not? Virtual Reality Artwork by Drue Kataoka
In my virtual reality art practice, I’ve been building a vocabulary around reflective fragments and surfaces. In general, I like how mirror fragments can serve as mini-gateways between the artwork and the environment in which the artwork is situated, even if that environment is a virtual one. In Why Not? the world is situated in a giant reflective egg with a jagged edge. Encircling this is another massive egg constructed only of fragments. Smaller fragmented eggs are “exploded” in various degrees of open-ness in a mysterious fashion that you are left to piece together. You can teleport around to explore, as various orbs appear and speak to you that you can touch and interact with.

Why Not? Virtual Reality Art Installation

Why Not? Virtual Reality Artwork by Drue Kataoka
In my virtual reality art practice, I’ve been building a vocabulary around reflective fragments and surfaces. In general, I like how mirror fragments can serve as mini-gateways between the artwork and the environment in which the artwork is situated, even if that environment is a virtual one. In Why Not? the world is situated in a giant reflective egg with a jagged edge. Encircling this is another massive egg constructed only of fragments. Smaller fragmented eggs are “exploded” in various degrees of open-ness in a mysterious fashion that you are left to piece together. You can teleport around to explore, as various orbs appear and speak to you that you can touch and interact with.

Why Not? Virtual Reality Art Installation

Why Not? Virtual Reality Artwork by Drue Kataoka
In my virtual reality art practice, I’ve been building a vocabulary around reflective fragments and surfaces. In general, I like how mirror fragments can serve as mini-gateways between the artwork and the environment in which the artwork is situated, even if that environment is a virtual one. In Why Not? the world is situated in a giant reflective egg with a jagged edge. Encircling this is another massive egg constructed only of fragments. Smaller fragmented eggs are “exploded” in various degrees of open-ness in a mysterious fashion that you are left to piece together. You can teleport around to explore, as various orbs appear and speak to you that you can touch and interact with.

Drue Kataoka

Drue Kataoka is a firm believer that the arts can and must play an important role as an engine of creativity. However, he’s calling for a new kind of art—one that’s more open, more interactive, less designed to statically hang on walls. To do so, he’s integrating art and technology, two domains currently siloed by society. He’s particularly interested in pushing the boundaries of VR/AR/XR for artistic expression. To Kataoka, Virtual Reality is not a technology, it’s an art form, enabled by technology.