Canadian artist Bryn Oh (whose work in Second Life I have written about before) is opening a new art installation in Sansar on Friday, December 6th, 2019, on which she has been working over the past year, thanks to some financial assistance from the Ontario Arts Council.
Titled simply Hand, Bryn Oh describes the artwork as follows in a recent post to her blog:
Hand is the story of a girl named Flutter who carries something precious in a suitcase. You follow her story in the same world that my others characters inhabit, and some of these you will recognize furthering their story and place within the world I have been working on for over a decade.
Bryn created Hand to be best experienced in a VR headset, and she has some insightful observations on the use of virtual reality as an art form:
I believe that the virtual reality medium is a new art form which, in my case, focuses on immersion. Throughout art history many artists have striven to immerse the viewer in their sculpture, painting or even cinema. They want you become lost in their artwork whether it be compositional methods such as the eyepath leading the viewer around a painting, to cinema where they turn off the lights, turn the sound up high with a screen large enough to reduce the peripheral vision distractions to a degree where the immersion is strongest. They overwhelm or control your senses, then tell you a story which, if well written, will take the viewer away from the world for a while. We had the Cubists, Impressionists, Surrealists, Modernists and I see our movement as the Immersivists.
Having been very impressed by Bryn’s art to date in both Second Life and Sansar, I look forward to experiencing her latest creation!