From Life

Royal Academy of Arts, London 12/11/2017 - 3/11/2018

HTC VIVE and the Royal Academy of Arts (the RA) are making waves in the art world, by combining life drawing and virtual reality to create a new form of experiential artwork.  For the first time ever, Jonathan Yeo, alongside Royal Academicians Humphrey Ocean, Yinka Shonibare, and Farshid Moussavi have produced works of art designed in VIVE, a new digital platform.

The exhibition is spread across two galleries at the RA, with paintings, works on paper, and historic casts found alongside contemporary works in the Sackler Wing, and three virtual reality experiences installed in the Tennant Gallery. The exhibition looks at the past, present and future of life drawing, and how the practice continues to engage artists to this day. With the inclusion of virtual reality experiences, visitors are able to grasp a better understanding of the potential development of this popular technology and how it can further ways of making and interacting with art.

The Vive technology and the use of specialised content from Viveport: MakeVR and Google TiltBrush, make this exhibition an unparalleled experience. Selected artists were invited to create physical artworks via these creative programs, as well as producing VR experiences as works of art that are in some way reflective of their individual practices. With this new, radical idea, Vive and the RA break away from the traditional view of life drawing, by allowing artists to explore the virtual world of art and to express themselves in an innovative way.

Visitors are invited to discover this process of creation and to become pioneers in the future artistic opportunities this new virtual reality technology brings. This initiative offers the opportunity to become involved in this revolutionised practice of life drawing.