Jess Johnson

Wurm Haus

Free entry

NGV International

Level 3, Contemporary Art & Design

5 Dec 15 – 28 Feb 16

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.

Image:
Jessica Johnson
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