The Dome: a virtual art tour

The virtual museum ‘The Dome’ opens last weekend with a combination of audio-visual artworks and performances. Accessible from any device, the virtual museum will be open 24/7 in alternative to Algoritmi Festival suspended because of COVID-19 emergency.

After The Circle virtual club, Algoritmi promotes a new interactive space for cultural production, educational workshops and social communities in collaboration with VR developer Enea Le Fons and graphic designer Jay ID. Curated by Karin Gavassa, the Dome is a virtual museum to experience digital art, live coding and electronic music completely conceived in, and for, virtual reality.

Opening with the show ‘When Code Becomes Art’, the group exhibition explores the creative side of digital techniques without limitations of physical space and materials. Roman artist Nesso presents ‘HyperGlass 2.00’, a VR installation in 3 interacting moving paintings. Imagining a painter brushing pixels on the screen, the artist portrays how sound and lights behave through a glass investigating how humans interpret and relate to reality on diverse levels. On the opposite virtual wall, ‘Truth of the Universe’ by Japanese artist Toshikazu JaySon Toyama is a projection interpreting the truth of the universe as a perpetual circulation and movement of things.

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Nesso (Francesco Corvi) – HyperGlass 2.00

Last but not least, Franz Rosati captures with ‘Hyletics’ an immaterial and borderless landscape, in which sound and images challenge the prevailing idea of territory and the authoritarian concept of maps and borders. In another room, the artist presents a series of digital synesthetic sculptures depicting a virtual organic being trapped in an aseptic world.

Franz Rosati – Machine/Structure (SKL001)

Among the artworks, visitors could virtually enjoy live performances and VR Holographic DJ Set. Dutch creative coder Timo Hoogland inaugurates the opening night, while last Monday DJ Graham Neil Dunning opens the new space #ALGO24-7 Floors. Combining live performances to audio-visual artworks, the exhibition focuses on the creative side of coding and computational practices. Accessible to all, visitors can interact and visit the museum as an avatar while staying home.

Timo Hoogland x Algo:ritmi – Opening night (extract)

While museums and galleries are carefully thinking about re-opening and how to deal with social distancing in public spaces, The Dome museum is an alternative example to present digital art and interacting performances online. Rather than replacing a physical space, The Dome is a cultural hub where artists can play with computational practices and visitors can interact in real-time. Especially in these times of social isolation, the exhibition is an inspiration to become more familiar with digital practices and to engage new technologies in more creative and proactive terms.