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Artist Anish Kapoor Debuts a Virtual Reality Exploration of the Self

In the 1980s, Anish Kapoor created a series of pigment works that appeared to emerge from gallery walls and floors, while his sculptures often challenge perceptual boundaries between subject and object.

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Updated:December 12, 2017, 1:17 PM IST
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Artist Anish Kapoor Debuts a Virtual Reality Exploration of the Self
Anish Kapoor's 'Into Yourself - Fall' (Image courtesy: AFP Relaxnews)
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Anish Kapoor has become the latest artist to dabble in the world of virtual reality after presenting his debut VR work, 'Into Yourself-Fall,' this weekend in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Presented during Nobel Week, an annual dialogue bringing together Nobel laureates and leading scientists, artists, policy makers and other experts, the work is the British-Indian artist's first foray in VR, although it builds on his past work challenging perceptions of what is real or true.

In that vein, Kapoor likewise participated in the Nobel Week Dialogue, joining the director of Stockholm's Moderna Museet, Daniel Birnbaum, in a discussion on 'Artistic Truth in Virtual Space.' Kapoor said of his first VR work, "In it I think of the body falling into itself and turning itself inside out; vertigo as descent inward." Little else is known about the work, which, the artist said, is a "work in progress," to be completed in the coming months.

In the 1980s, Kapoor created a series of pigment works that appeared to emerge from gallery walls and floors, while his sculptures often challenge perceptual boundaries between subject and object. Among recent works, the artist's 'Descension' is a seemingly bottomless whirlpool that was most recently installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Virtual reality technology is increasingly making its way into the art world. In a high-profile example that united the works of art and cinema, Mexican film director Alejandro G. Iñárritu created the VR project 'Carne y Arena,' an installation inviting VR-goggled visitors to live the personal journeys of refugees. The project got its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this year before an art-world premiere at the Fondazione Prada in Milan.
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