Experience virtual reality at New Media Gallery

Virtual reality headsets will be a part of the experience at the new exhibition at New Media Gallery.

Reclaim opens Friday, Nov. 2, with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and continues at the gallery until Dec. 9. It’s then on again from Jan. 4 to 27.

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The gallery’s 19th exhibition, Reclaim, features work by Canadian artist Lisa Jackson (with Matthew Borrett, Jam3 and the National Film Board) and American Jonathan Schipper.

Jackson and Schipper have created two landscapes: one in the digital realm, the other in the physical realm.

Jackson’s Biidaaban: First Light uses virtual reality to guide viewers through a future, fallen city being reclaimed by nature. The renewal is seen through the lens of traditional languages: Wendat, Mohawk and Ojibway.

Schipper’s Detritus uses mechanical and digital processes to build and rebuild a geographic terrain of mineral salt into uncanny, crystalline structures.

Schipper will give a talk during the opening reception at 7 p.m.

For the opening reception, virtual reality headsets will be available for 35 people. To ensure a headset, register at contact@newmediagallery.ca or 604-875-1865.

New Media Gallery is on the third floor at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. It’s open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, with late night openings until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. See www.newmediagallery.ca for details.

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