Artists take VR to the next level

The criticism plaguing VR is that while it is great technology the content is dismal. Artists are pushing the form through new commissions at ACMI.
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Joel Yawanawa looks at dailies in the cardboard VR viewer. Created by Lynette Wallworth. Photo by Greg Downing.

The first of the Mordant Family VR Commissions was rolled out last month, a second is slated to open in May at Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

The commissions mark a big investment in new technologies, with the $240,000 initiative aiming to give VR’s cutting edge technology a shot in the arm, after coming under criticism that the quality of content presented often failed to match the technology’s innovative capacity.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina