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Terminus: Jess Johnson & Simon Ward

Jess Johnson and Simon Ward Terminus VR Still 2018

Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Terminus (VR still), 2018.

Be prepared to have your mind blown with our next interactive exhibition, Terminus. Terminus is a fully immersive virtual reality exhibition by artists Jess Johnson and Simon Ward. With their pioneering use of virtual reality, Johnson’s psychedelic drawings and designs are brought to life through animation by Ward. This exhibition transports viewers to an immersive digital realm, where they will explore surreal landscapes, forms, figures, shapes and buildings. The virtual reality is also complemented by quilts created by Johnson and her mother Cynthia Johnson, which have not been shown in Aotearoa before. This interactive exhibition is one not to be missed!

Prepare yourself for a slippage of time and space as your journey propels you across five distinct realms: you will pass through Fleshhold Crossing; take respite in Known Unknown; lose yourself within Scumm Engine; bravely face impending danger in the tower of Gog & Magog; and experience the brink of sensory overload in the psychedelic Tumblewych.

In this programme, the students will get to participate in the VR experience. We will also explore a scaled down map of Johnson’s ‘Worlds’ and then create forms and figures for our own creative worlds. All classes will also participate in a collaborative drawing to create our own world and leave this behind for other schools to add to.

Primary, Intermediate and Secondary
Year 1 - 13

Cost: FREE
Duration: 75 - 90 minutes

Group Size: Max 30. One class in the gallery at a time. (Please get in touch if you will be travelling in with two or more classes so that we can suggest some alternative programs for your second group and coordinate a time to swap over.

Key themes: Virtual reality technology, surrealist worlds, animation, design, games, gaming, coding, mazes, world-building and alternate realities.

Subject areas: Visual Art, English, Science and Technology

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