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Present Futures: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Art

An introduction to the fascinating world of virtual and augmented realities and how they are changing contemporary art and its institutions, delivered in collaboration with Acute Art.


Monday 28 August – Friday 1 September 2023
10.30am – 5pm BST daily

Providing unparalleled access to globally recognised artists, designers, entrepreneurs and art world practitioners involved in the field of Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR), this five-day course is led by John Slyce (Senior Tutor, RCA School of Humanities) and Daniel Birnbaum (Artistic Director, Acute Art).

World-leading speakers will deliver each session, with site visits across London to map the production and reception of 21st century VR/AR art. Confirmed guest contributors you will interact with in-person or online on the 2023 programme include:

Olafur Eliasson, Artist
KAWS, Artist
Rodrigo Marques, CTO of Acute Art
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Curator and Director of the Serpentine Gallery
Gilbert & George, Artists
Crypto Entrepreneur Vignesh Sundaresan (AKA MetaKovan)
Simon Fox, CEO Frieze
Sophie McElligott, Director of Marketing and Communications at Dazed Media
These individuals will share how they are engaging with, exhibiting, collecting, negotiating and understanding the impact of these new technologies on the art world ecosystem.

This course marks the first collaboration between the world’s leading university for Art and Design, the RCA and the preeminent producer and platform for VR/AR in an art context, Acute Art.


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