Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Terminus, 2017-18 (still). Virtual reality experience in five parts: colour, sound. National Gallery of Australia Canberra commissioned with the assistance of The Balnaves Foundation 2017. Courtesy: the artists and Heide Museum of Modern Art.
A mysterious universe of alien architecture populated by humanoid clones and cryptic symbols, explored via a network of travellators and gateways. Heide Museum of Modern Art presents the National Gallery of Australia exhibition TERMINUS, the largest virtual reality collaboration to date between New York based visual artist Jess Johnson and Wellington, New Zealand based video maker and animator Simon Ward. Exploring reality as malleable and multiple, the exhibition features five virtual reality artworks situated on a full-scale tessellated floor map. With their pioneering use of virtual reality, Johnson’s drawings are transformed from analogue into digital, animated by Ward and enriched with input from developer Kenny Smith and sound composer Andrew Clarke. The result is a quest into the technological, and through time and space.
The exhibition is also accompanied by a range of public programs including art talks, virtual reality workshops, and a pop-up cinema.
Exhibition opens: 6–8pm 2 November 2019