Yinka Shonibare VR
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Yinka Shonibare VR


YINKA SHONIBARE VR: VR Experience for the Royal Academy using AI
ARTIST:  Yinka Shonibare
BRAND: Royal Academy of Arts
OUR ROLE: Immersive Soundscape

The Royal Academy of Arts: From Life exhibition explores the use of emerging virtual reality technologies in the art world. Yinka Shonibare has used these technologies to create a 3D rendering of a neoclassical painting.

Yinka Shonibare MBE is a London-based artist whose works are included in prominent collections worldwide, such as the Tate Collection, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome and VandenBroek Foundation, The Netherlands.

This immersive art installation created allows users to be transported into a fusion of past and current art. Users begin their experience in front of Gavin Hamilton’s ‘Venus Presenting Helen to Paris’ (1785). Here they have the freedom to move around the 360 image and to inspect the artwork from all angles. They can then move into a courtyard behind the painting where they can view Shonibare’s Townley Venus (2017). This colourfully abstract statue, dressed in Shonibare’s trademark batik fabric, contrasts with the previously viewed painting. At 1.618 Digital we designed the immersive soundscape to truly tie these two juxtaposing worlds together maintaining the realism of the immersive experience for the user.

The From Life exhibition took place at the Royal Academy of Arts from the 11th of December 2017 until the 11th of March 2018.

Happy Finish Case Study: Yinka Shonibare VR

Watch Trailer: Yinka Shonibare VR Experience – Royal Academy 

Royal Academy: From Life’ Friends Preview

The FWA Award 2018: Venus Presenting Helen to Paris – VR with AI

The Lowie Award 2018: https://www.happyfinish.com/news/gold-lovie-award/


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