Acute Art Virtual Reality

Marina Abramovic

                                                                 Jeff Koons

Marina Abramovic’s Rising (2018) addresses the effects of climate change by transporting viewers to witness rising sea levels.

Wearing an immersive headset, viewers enter an intimate virtual space, where they come face-to-face with the artist, who beckons from within a glass tank that is slowly filling with water from her waist to her neck.

To produce the artwork, Acute Art developers captured the artist’s unique facial expressions to create a realistic looking avatar of Abramović. Embracing new technology in an endeavour to transmit the presence of the artist virtually, Rising allows users to directly interact with the artist virtually from anywhere in the world.

Pronounced ‘Fry-nee,’ Jeff Koons’ new work is named after one of the most beautiful woman of the ancient world, and is created in the spirit of the pastoral arts. Presented as a metallic ballerina, Phryne greets viewers in an idealised garden, dancing a trail through verdant trees and hedges lined with flowers.

The metallic finish of Phryne evokes Koons’ Seated Ballerina, which was installed outside New York’s Rockefeller Center in 2017. Standing at 45-foot-high, the work was one of the largest examples of Koons’ celebrated Inflatable sculptures, and was produced in polychromed custom fabric that reflected light.