Reconfiguring a physical VR exhibition into an online virtual exhibition due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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This paper reviews a virtual exhibition titled Initially planned as a public exhibition featuring cinematic VR works by media artist/filmmaker Sojung Bahng, however, due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic,
a different curatorial approach was needed in order to reconfigure the original installation plan into an interactive online viewing experience. This reflective analysis explores the design strategies involved in this case and how the viewing experiences associated with the artistic intent of three VR artworks (Floating Walk, Anonymous and Sleeping Eyes) was supported by the exhibition's translation from a gallery-based installation into an online virtual environment. We will address
technical specifications, consider curatorial strategy and implications to narrative flow and phenomenological experience, and – while acknowledging present limitations – raise the potential for online exhibition formats to serve as a distinctive
presentational mode in their own right for engaging viewers with VR works.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISEA2022 Barcelona Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationPossibles
Place of PublicationBarcelona Spain
PublisherUniversitat Oberta de Catalunya
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9788408474592
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventInternational Symposium on Electronic Art 2022: Possibles - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 10 Jun 202216 Jun 2022


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Electronic Art 2022
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