Radiance is a research platform and database for VR art. Its mission is to present artists working with VR from all over the world to create visibility and accessibility for VR art and for faster adoption of virtual technologies. The platform works closely with artists, institutions and independent curators to select the highest quality of virtual art for public institutional exhibitions.
How do artistic VR experiences differ from others?
Visual artists use their chosen medium to critically reflect upon and discuss today’s society or individual living conditions, to speak about e.g. science, philosophy, etc. or to scrutinize and question the possibilities or limits of the medium itself. They go beyond the creative possibilities of the medium and deal critically with their surroundings to include their thoughts and conclusions within their artwork.
Philip Hausmeier is the co-founder of Radiance VR. He is Professor for Experience and Narrative Design in Expanded Realities at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. He the founder of Metaphysics VR, a company that produces and curates artistic VR experiences. Metaphysics produced and curated NAUSEA, a VR group exhibition for the HTC Vive at CHM Mountain View (funded by BoostVC, Silicon Valley), also shown at ZKM Karlsruhe. Since 2007 Hausmeier has been a lecturer for spatial design at the HSD Düsseldorf and since 2014 has been a visiting lecturer for VR at the BTK University Berlin. He is also the founder of the VR Berlin Meetup, one of the biggest VR communities in Europe. For 10 years, he also has been working as a professional artist and holds an MFA from the Slade School of Art, London. He is based in Berlin.
Tina Sauerlaender is the co-founder of Radiance VR. She is Artistic Director of the VR ART PRIZE by DKB in Cooperation with CAA Berlin. She is the Director and Head Curator of the exhibition hub peer to space that is based in Berlin. Since 2010 she is the curator of many exhibitions dealing with the impact of the digital and the Internet on individual environments and society involving digital media, post-internet art and VR. She curated the international group exhibition THE UNFRAMED WORLD (HeK Basel, 2017), "Europe's first large-scale show on virtual reality" in art (ArteFuse, New York). She is the author of many texts on contemporary artists, e.g. Taryn Simon, Alicja Kwade, Gregor Hildebrandt or Carsten Nicolai. She is the founder of the SALOON, an international network for women in art in 10 cities. She is based in Berlin.
Miriam Arbus is the project manager of Radiance VR, and also the VR and Interactive Media Programmer for the Toronto New Wave Festival 2019. As co-founder and co-director of Sleepover Club Initiative, she presented FORUM, a participatory residency as part of the Doing Feminisms Sharing The World Australia Arts Council project, and curated the exhibition What Has Feminism Ever Done For Me? (Neon Parlour, Melbourne, 2016). Miriam established the Brunswick Street Gallery’s new media series, Men per Ex Lati, and was a selected curator for the Knox City Immerse Arts Festival (Melbourne, 2016). She is the curator of Lossless Bodies (also accessible in VR via ArtGate VR). She holds an MA in Contemporary and Modern Art Theory and History from the University of Toronto. She is based in Toronto.
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