Enter the Wurm Haus – an immersive, reality-warping space created by New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based artist Jess Johnson. Ixian Gate is the extraordinary centrepiece of the exhibition, where visitors are invited to don virtual reality headsets and immerse themselves in Johnson’s 360-degree, dystopic world. Using Oculus Rift technology visitors are submerged in an altered reality, with the walls of the exhibition creating an additional layer through geometric patterning, visual motifs and a suite of drawings. The unexpected world created by Johnson reflects her interest in science fiction, parallel universes, outsider art and comic books.
Ixian Gate 2015 (excerpt)
colour virtual reality animation, sound, 5 min 35 sec
© Jess Johnson courtesy of Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney; and Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland
Level 3, Contemporary Art & Design