16 Feb 2020

Unreal! Turning 2D paintings into an immersive world

From Standing Room Only, 2:46 pm on 16 February 2020

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A digital art expert has turned 15 paintings by Dunedin artist Ewan Mcdougall into a virtual reality world where people can move through and interact with his colourful hybrid creatures.

He's collaborated with Dr Claire Hughes on the UNREAL! exhibition, that's about to go on tour starting in Wellington for the New Zealand Festival of the Arts.

Claire spent months coming up with a storyline and experimenting to find out how best to get Ewan's primitive style figures, from brightly coloured  human like characters to dogs, fish and boats all moving through the virtual landscape. 

Ewan and Claire believe they've created something unique for Aotearoa, and a concept that other artists might like to try.

The Unreal! tour starts in Exhibitions Gallery in Wellington as part of the New Zealand Festival of the Arts on the 21st of February before heading to  Christchurch, Nelson Dunedin and Auckland.