The next installment of the Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series, “Digital Assets: Representation and Simulation in Virtual Reality Contemporary Art,” will take place on Zoom on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Carla Gannis, LaJuné McMillian and Rachel Rossin create virtual reality contemporary art and will discuss their work and answer questions from participants.
The lecture will be moderated by Sabine Gruffat, an associate professor of art at UNC. Gruffat brought these artists together because she thinks virtual reality is an interesting medium that is new to many people.
“If you have virtual reality goggles, like a headset, you’re becoming familiar with some of the landscape of it and what’s possible in the mediums, but I think a lot of people still don’t really know what it is,” Gruffat said. “I think at the very least, they’ll see examples of virtual reality that are different.”
Gruffat said these artists are pushing the boundaries of what can be done in virtual reality and are distributing their work in new and unconventional ways.
Gannis is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She is also a professor at New York University in the integrated digital media program.
Gannis describes her work as “horror vacui,” meaning fear of empty spaces.
“I am a maximalist, meaning that I tend to produce works maximalist in tendency, so many different threads explored all at once — whether it’s a digital print work or moving image work, an augmented reality work or virtual reality work or numerous other platforms I’ve worked on,” Gannis said.
In the lecture, Gannis plans to talk about studying painting at UNC-Greensboro and Boston University in her past, as well as her recent work and projects.