Technology has allowed us to stay connected to each other during this very isolating time, but it can also be used to create and experience art in new ways. It brings a different element of engagement to art, but this concept is not a new one. Network-based artworks have been around since the 1970s and since the 1990s, artists have been using the internet as a medium for creating artwork. As technology has advanced, so have the artworks, utilizing VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality), AI (artificial intelligence), and machine learning through the use of creative coding. Artists can now create immersive experiences that are accessible via the web or downloadable apps. I’ve compiled some interactive and immersive artworks that you can explore from the comfort of your own home.
Check out the many interactive works by Marpi here. Click on the first work, Eutow, select the Launch button and use your mouse to interact. Then, using the arrows in the upper left-hand corner, explore other interactive artworks. Marpi’s New Nature app can also be downloaded on Android or Apple devices to interact with an organism that responds to your touch. You may remember Marpi’s work from the SMoCA exhibition Mutual Reality: Art on the Edge of Technology.
If you are looking to literally bring some art into your home, then check out the Acute Art app, which can be downloaded in your app store of choice. With this AR app, you can bring artworks created by artists like Olafur Eliasson, Cao Fei, and KAWS into your living space.
The interactive work, Confessions, gives you the opportunity to participate by writing in your own anonymous confession in this AR environment. You can also explore the confession gallery and read other user’s confessions. Our friend Ash Wilkie from Squidsoup worked on this project!
Finally, I am excited to share an AR experience of Murmuration, the immersive artwork that was installed outside of SMoCA from 2019–2020. You can view it here on your computer or mobile device. I highly recommend using your phone, if you can, it is worth it! If you have VR goggles, click the VR button in the top right corner of your mobile device and insert your phone for a truly immersive experience.
If you are interested in other net-based artworks, check out Net Art Anthology organized by Rhizome and New Museum for a comprehensive archive of internet-based artworks.
Julie Ganas, curator of engagement and digital initiatives
During these uncertain times, SMoCA has invited artists and staff to utilize our blog Inspire as an outlet to make meaningful connections by sharing personal reflections and insight into their practice. Explore more entries from our Museum Musings series.