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Digital art exhibition combines video games with gallery experiences – Regina Leader Post
A new exhibition now open at the MacKenzie Art Gallery is breaking the physical mould, presenting a collection of art as a fully immersive video game.
The show “There Is No Centre” is one of the first virtual exhibitions from the gallery, and the debut installation created using the MacKenzie’s Digital Exhibitions Toolkit and Art Installation Launcher (DETAIL).
Cat Bluemke and Jonathan Carroll, digital exhibitions consultants with the MacKenzie, are the forces behind DETAIL — a resource the gallery has been developing to help create digital art platforms.
“It’s very exciting,” Bluemke said, of the launch. “(DETAIL) has been something that we’ve dreamed about for many years now.”
Carroll described “There Is No Centre” as an “immersive, interactive experience,” due to the three-dimensional virtual space created.
The installation is entirely digital, available for visitors to explore from their home computers. Designed like a virtual gallery, “There Is No Centre” combines the experience of a first-person video game with that of walking through a traditional art exhibition.
The viewer controls their experience, using keyboard and mouse, to traverse a curated digital space and interact with the eight artworks in the forms of video games, immersive landscapes, videos and 3D sculptures.
“Each artwork is totally different,” said Carroll. “Our goal was to create a context for people to view these works of art, made using digital technology, using digital means.”
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Curator Katie Micak hosted a virtual tour of the exhibition for its opening on Thursday, which remains available as a video for those hesitant to dive in themselves.
Virtual reality is a relatively new platform for showcasing work within the art community, but one that is “growing in importance,” according to Bluemke and Carroll.
“Ten years ago, or even 20 years ago, it wouldn’t be possible for an individual artist to make the sort of artworks that we’re seeing in this show,” said Carroll.
But, as Carrol and Bluemke explained, the infrastructure for brick-and-mortar galleries to create digital art shows is still in a fledgling stage.
“There’s a lot of challenges that you face — as an institution, a curator or as an artist — in taking an already existing, finished digital art project and making it available for folks,” Bluemke said.
With a physical space, installation experts begin their work with a gallery that already exists. For digital installers, they have the extra step — and the extra freedom — of creating that gallery in tandem with conceptualizing how to display artwork.
“When you hang a painting in a real gallery, it’s pretty clear the separation between the painting and the room,” said Carroll. “With digital works, that boundary is a lot less clear.”
DETAIL means to be a resource that simplifies the technological barriers that may be intimidating or limiting, to help navigate the common problems that may crop up like a guidebook to producing digital exhibition spaces.
“We’re using these exhibits to learn lessons about what needs to be included in the tool kit,” said Carroll.
“The dream is to empower anyone, but especially digital artists and art curators, to put on their own digital art exhibitions.
Carroll and Bluemke hope the tool kit will spark more curiosity about digital art as a medium with vast possibility.
“I am hoping people will learn to see the screen as this realm of creative opportunity,” said Bluemke. “Not just as a way in which we consume media or experience its education or communication, but really the agency they can provide for folks who want to express themselves.”
“You can really do anything, build your own worlds using digital technology, and these artists are doing the work to show us how to do that,” said Carroll.
Two more digital exhibitions developed using DETAIL are yet to come, before the resource is released to the public for use by the end of 2024.
“There Is No Centre” is available to view online at www.thereisno.gallery until May 24. A virtual artist panel will accompany the show on April 13.
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Art collector Myriam Ullens killed outside her home in Belgium, allegedly by her stepson – Art Newspaper
Myriam Ullens, a major collector who, with her husband Guy Ullens, supported and championed Chinese contemporary art, was killed outside the couple’s home in the village of Ohain south of Brussels today (29 March) according to multiple reports in the Belgian press. She was 70 years old. The reports claim she was shot by her stepson Nicolas Ullens, who has been detained by police. Her husband, Guy, reportedly survived the incident.
Myriam and Guy were in their car outside their home around 10am when Nicolas fired on his stepmother, who died at the scene, according to La Libre. Myriam and Nicolas had been in a protracted dispute over issues of inheritance, according to multiple reports.
Myriam and Guy Ullens, who married in 1999, have been important and influential art collectors for decades. They started out collecting classical Chinese scroll paintings, but eventually shifted their attention to contemporary art. In 2007, they opened the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing—considered at the time to be the first contemporary art museum in China—which showed works from their collection of more than 2,000 works. In 2017 they sold the museum, renamed the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, to a group of investors; they continued and broadened their collecting activities under the banner of the Swiss-based Fondation Guy & Myriam Ullens.
In 2004 Myriam, who went by Mimi and was a cancer survivor, founded the Mimi Foundation to create centres within hospitals to provide physical and mental therapy for patients undergoing cancer treatment. In 2013 she co-organised an exhibition and benefit auction during Frieze Week in London to support the Mimi Foundation.
“If many of the artists in this project are Chinese that is because of our long and close relationship with them. This is just the tip of our iceberg—that we are continuing to follow and collect intensively with the new generation,” Myriam told Ocula at the time. “A collection is like a living breathing body. It evolves in an organic manner.”
Myriam was born in Cologne, Germany. Following early success in the food industry, she married Guy, a Belgian businessman and baron, and devoted herself to fashion (launching the brand Maison-Ullens) and philanthropy. The couple’s charitable activities also included opening the Ullens School, an educational facility in Nepal.
Nicolas Ullens, a former Belgian state security agent, is one of four children Guy had with his first wife, Micheline Franckx.
The Ullenses’ foundation did not immediately respond to a request for further information.
Major Collector and Chinese Art Patron Myriam Ullens Has Been Shot Dead Outside Her Home in Belgium – artnet News
Myriam Ullens de Schooten, a preeminent collector and well-known figure in the art world, was shot dead yesterday in front of the house she shared with her husband, Baron Guy Ullens de Schooten. Both are major collectors of Chinese art and respected in the art world as the founders of UCCA in Beijing, China.
The murder occurred at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29. Local media have reported that Ullens suffered four bullets to the head, and had died by the time emergency services arrived to the family home in the Belgian village of Ohain. The stepson of the 70-year-old German baroness is reportedly a prime suspect.
The 50-year-old Nicolas Ullens de Schooten, a former state security agent and one of four children, is suspected of shooting his stepmother while she was in a car with his father, who survived the attack. He has been taken into custody for questioning. According to some Belgian reports, the victim and suspect were in an open dispute over an inheritance issue. Local authorities did not immediately respond to Artnet News’s request for further information.
“The vision and passion of Myriam Ullens—her love for art, belief in cultural exchange, and commitment to helping others—are at the core of UCCA’s history and values,” said Philip Tinari, UCCA’s director, in a statement shared on social media. “We are shocked and saddened by her death, and will remember her strength, style, creativity, and generosity as we carry forward the work of the institution that she and Guy so generously founded and nurtured through its first decade.”
Born in Cologne in 1952, Myriam, known to friends as “Mimi” Ullens was an active philanthropist, who initiated an education program and school in Nepal. A cancer survivor, Ullens also launched The Mimi Foundation, which was active in cancer wards at eight hospitals in Belgium, France, and Switzerland, providing support to patients going through treatment.
Myriam and Guy Ullens married in 1999 and built out an evolving collection focused on art from China, beginning at first with classical Chinese scroll painting before focusing on contemporary art from China. Their “universal” collection, as it is described on their foundation’s website, includes works by prominent Chinese artists including Huang Yong Ping, Wang Jianwei, Xu Zhen, together with Western art stars like Rashid Johnson, Sterling Ruby, and Tracey Emin; another area of focus in their collection was digital art.
They opened the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in 2007 to exhibit their collection that numbers around 2,000 artworks; the institution was one of the first of its kind in China. In 2017, the couple sold the museum to a group of patrons and shareholders and it was renamed the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art. They continued to be involved and served on the foundation council, while actively collecting via their Fondation Guy & Myriam Ullens, based in Switzerland. Myriam was also actively involved in luxury brand Maison Ullens, which she founded in 2011. The family is of Belgian nobility; Guy Ullens is a philanthropist as well as a financial services company executive who has been collecting art since the 1960s.
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Banksy artwork Brace Yourself! sells for over $2m at auction in US – The Guardian
The Banksy artwork Brace Yourself! has sold for $2,032,000 (£1.6m), more than three times its original estimate, during an auction featuring a performance from the band that inspired the piece.
The anonymous artist created the work in 2010 for the British band then known as Exit Through the Gift Shop, who shared the same name he wanted to use for his 2010 documentary film.
To avoid copyright issues, the group agreed to Banksy’s offer to create a painting for them on the condition they changed their name.
The artwork, a large-scale painting of a grim reaper figure riding in a carnival bumper car, was sold to Miguel Garcia Larios, the owner of Rcnstrct Studio in Hollywood, during an event hosted by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills.
Its original estimate was $600,000 and the sale was preceded by a live performance by Brace Yourself!, fronted by the singer Natalie Zalewska.
Zalewska previously said the sale was about preserving the artwork as a “piece of history”.
The Exit Through the Gift Shop documentary tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a Los Angeles-based Frenchman who videotapes underground art escapades and later finds fame with the moniker Mr Brainwash.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork will go to the music charity MusiCares, which provides health, financial and rehabilitation support to people working in the sector.
Also featured in the auction was an original print of Banksy’s Girl With Balloon, which sold for $195,000, and more than 70 artworks from famous names such as the painter Bob Ross, the actor Jim Carrey and the Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro.
In early March, Brace Yourself! was displayed in the window of the Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly Circus, London.
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