Art Gate: A Brief Introduction

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Art Gate bills itself as “a virtual reality marketplace for collectors to acquire post-war and contemporary art”, and it is a social VR platform for museum and gallery exhibitions, where exhibitors can upload and display both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. According to their FAQ:

Is it social?

Yes. You can see people from all over the world who are also exploring the collections via their VR headsets if you are in the public lobby.

How much does it cost?

Art Gate VR is free for the audience to download, explore, and use. For exhibitors, please refer to our pricing page.

Art Gate Pricing Plans

Art Gate is available for the Oculus Go and Oculus Quest VR headsets. For Quest users, you must install the client software using SideQuest, while Oculus Go users can download the software from the Oculus Store.

In addition to their website, you can follow Art Gate on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn. I will be adding Art Gate to my comprehensive list of social VR/virtual worlds.


Paying a Return Visit to Occupy White Walls: What’s New

I’ve been away from Occupy White Walls for quite some time, so tonight I decided to pay a return visit to see what’s up.

Occupy White Walls (OWW for short) is a niche virtual world, which gives you the tools to build your own art gallery, and curate your own personal collection of artwork. I have written about it several times in the past on my blog, and I had started on an ambitious renovation project for my own gallery, which unfortunately got abandoned as I got pulled away to cover other social VR/virtual worlds. (Call it an occupational hazard!)

I had gotten as far as building one large wall for my prize work of art, The Last Judgement by Michelangelo:

But the rest of my gallery is still pretty much empty at this point. So I decided to spend a little time, wander around, get lost, and visit a few of the recommended galleries from their official Discord server, particularly in their Cool Galleries channel:

The whiterabbit gallery in Occupy White Walls

Some people have even gone so far as to build multiple galleries to house separate wings of their art collections!

Among other news, there is now a separate website called Kultura where you can browse the ever-growing collection of art available for you to decorate your gallery. You can buy the wonderful soundtrack. There’s also a new contest, where you are asked to build something cool using the newest assets from their version 6.0 “State of Mind” update. (You can see the winners of their last contest here.)

So, why not download the OWW software from Steam and do a little exploring, designing, and curating of your own? Best of all, it’s totally free! You can learn more about Occupy White Walls from their website, their Steam page, their user forums, their Discord server, or their social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or Tumblr.

SculptrVR: A Brief Introduction

SculptrVR is a multiscale, collaborative voxel sculpting tool, available for the Oculus Rift, Quest, and Go VR headsets, and PlayStation VR. The platform is also available on Steam.

Here’s a one-minute promotional video from YouTube:

There’s not a lot of info on their official website, so if you want to learn more about SculptrVR, you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter, or join their Discord server.

Yet another addition to my comprehensive list of social VR/virtual worlds!

MasterpieceVR: A Brief Introduction

MasterpieceVR is a professional 3D modeling tool for virtual reality, with the added bonus that you can work collaboratively in multiplayer mode:

The product appears to be a very powerful creative tool, as you can see from these samples of work created within MasterpieceVR:

You can see the complete gallery here. You can also see more MasterpieceVR creations on Sketchfab. Here’s a one-minute promotional video:

To find out more about MasterpieceVR, you can visit their website, where the company maintains a blog and a user forum. You can follow the company via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Another addition to my list of social VR/virtual worlds!