Alt Art Space hosts Moving Image Immersive Media’s special exhibition New Realities, featuring an international group of artists creating works in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), referred to together as “immersive media.” Addressing concerns such as how we perceive the world around us and what it means to choose one’s own reality, the artists in New Realities are at the forefront of a new fine art medium. As such they are collectively defining the emerging metaphors, vocabularies and ethics involved, but doing so by showing the viewer amazing new worlds or new ways to see and think about what “reality” means.
The artists in the exhibition (plus the medium of their work) include: Claudia Hart (AR), John Craig Freeman (AR), Salvador Loza & Gibrann Morgado (VR), Christopher Manzione & Seth Cluett (VR), Will Pappenheimer & Zachary Brady (AR), Rachel Rossin (VR), Jakob Kudsk Steensen (VR), and Deniz Tortum (VR). The works in the exhibition include a range of immersive technologies, from geo-located AR works to motion-sensing VR works that respond to the viewers’ body movements. Many of the works have been created or modified specifically for this exhibition, including Bomonti and AR, by John Craig Freeman which works only in the bomontiada courtyard.
Moving Image Immersive Media is a new and non-profit arm of the Moving Image art fair, based in New York. Moving Image art fair was co-founded by Murat Orozobekov and Edward Winkleman in 2011 and was conceived to offer a viewing experience with the excitement and vitality of a fair, while allowing moving image-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms.
Alt Art Space presents visual arts, performance and public programs, collaborating across disciplines and cultures. Alt embraces and shares new forms of artistic expression that respond both to global concerns and changing conditions on the ground. Located at the center of bomontiada, a historic beer factory re-purposed as a public social space, Alt aims to allow multiple authors to invest in and shape its future.
Alt‘s director and curator Mari Spirito is also the founding director and curator of art organization Protocinema, which organizes site-aware exhibitions in different cities around the world. Having served as the director of 303 Gallery in New York for 12 years, Spirito was a consultant to the 2. Mardin Biennial in 2012. She also runs Art Basel Conversations and Salon programs in Basel and Miami Beach.
Gökcan Demirkazık graduated from Harvard College with a degree in History of Art and Architecture in 2014, focusing on 20th century avant-gardes and 18th century French art. He worked at such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art and SALT, and was part of the New Building Project curatorial team at the Whitney Museum during the summer of 2014.
Special thanks to Ahmet Kocabıyık, Agah Uğur, Kathleen Forde, Yagız Zaimoglu, Christiane Paul, and the amazing artists participating in the exhibition.