Virtual reality is increasingly being used by museums as a tool for creating interactive visitor experiences and bringing collections to life.
As part of its ongoing Performance Festival, the V&A Museum presented a preview of its exclusive virtual reality recording of David Bowie’s musical Lazarus
, taken during the show’s London run. The exhibit is part of the V&A’s From VHS to VR program, which took place on April 30.
Beginning May 17, Thresholds, a new VR exhibit by artist Mat Collishaw, will be shown at Somerset House in London as part of Photo London. Collishaw’s project uses VR technology and careful digital reconstructions to recreate William Henry Fox Talbot’s pioneering 1839 photography exhibition, when the British scientist presented his photographic prints to the public in Birmingham. The exhibition runs through June 11.
Earlier this month, Sky VR Studio announced its plans to create a virtual reality 3D hologram of David Attenborough, enabling visitors to view the museum’s specimens while watching the iconic nature documentary presenter share his insight. As part of the one-on-one interactive experience. Attenborough will guide participants as they virtually handle fossils, bones and skulls – holding them up, tilting them and peering inside. Hold the World goes into production later this year. —