Recto VRso 2019: Art&VR Gallery and art trail programme
By Fabien Fabbula on 14 March 2019
In the space of 20 years, Laval Virtual has become a key event in the world of virtual reality. For the last 2 years it has also hosted a large virtual reality contemporary art exhibition, Recto VRso.
Last year, big names in kinetic and digital art caused a stir: Catherine Ikam, Pia Myrvold and Julio Le Parc, to name but a few, exhibited their virtual reality works of art at the 1st Recto VRso. This year over 40 works are exhibited at Recto VRso, 15 of which are from the official selection, with 87 artists, 1 residency and 8 venues throughout the town. Recto VRso rivals the biggest digital art festivals and is one of few clearly focused on virtual reality. The official selection, 15 works in the running for the Laval Virtual Art&VR Award, is exhibited at the Art & VR Gallery, opposite Laval Virtual. This includes “Levitation”, an installation by David Guez, offering an amazing experience in which you make objects levitate by the power of your thought alone. You can also take part in the immersive dance show “Eve, dance is an unplaceable place” by the Compagnie Voix et Omnipresenz. Lastly, we cannot wait to try HanaHana, a collaborative work of art presented by the artist Mélodie Mousset, a strange world inspired by a famous Japanese manga in which each visitor can leave a trace of their visible passage for everyone else.
Recto VRso is also an art trail, including over 30 works, incorporating eight emblematic venues in Laval. It is impossible to name them all, but the programme includes for example the residency and exhibition by Laura Mannelli at the Bains- Douches, the installation by Ponnara Ly and Camille Havas”Plonger dans la marche: Dimanche 1er mai”, a dreamlike journey on the road from Tokyo to Kyoto, the exhibition Surréalisme/Survirtualisme by Judith Guez and Guillaume Bertinet at Laval Theatre, and almost 15 works at the Musée Ecole La Perrine, including “L’attracteur de rêve” by the legendary duo Michel Bret and Marie Hélène Tramus, as well as many works by students.
20 th to 24 th March 2019, full programme and times: laval-virtual.org . Art&VR Gallery at CCSTI, 21 Rue du Douanier Rousseau, 53000 Laval, France. Art trail at the Musée-École de la Perrine, Musée Alain Gerbault, the Orangery, Bains-Douches, Bateau-Lavoir, Laval Theatre, Musée d’Art Naïf et des Arts Singuliers.