Expanded Realities Conversations with Daniel Birnbaum and Honor Harger

Join us to imagine the future possibilities of contemporary art and technology as we explore how extended reality is transforming museums in inexplicable ways.

Daniel Birnbaum (Artistic Director of Acute Art) will discuss the expanding role virtual, augmented and mixed reality is playing in arts and cultural institutions worldwide, and share what it is like collaborating with internationally renowned artists who are exploring new technologies for the first time. What made pioneering performance artist Marina Abramović, for instance, enter the digital landscape to produce virtual reality work, Rising? How did Acute Art begin collaborating with KAWS, one of the most iconic artists of this generation, on a major new augmented reality app launch?

This iteration in Expanded Realities Conversations is presented in conjunction with the opening of ArtScience Museum’s VR Gallery with Hyperrealities – a collection of virtual reality works by Marina Abramović, Olafur Eliasson and Anish Kapoor. The programme will be hosted and moderated by Honor Harger (Executive Director of ArtScience Museum).


About Expanded Realities Conversations

Expanded Realities Conversations dialogues with trailblazers in art and technology who are sculpting the possibilities of immersive media and extended reality technologies. Unfolding as a marquee series of talks interlacing with ArtScience Museum’s exhibitions, Expanded Realities Conversations features artists, technologists and storytellers around the world who are creating at the frontier of the digital future and their groundbreaking projects.

About VR Gallery

Dive into a whole new Virtual Reality world and beyond in our new VR Gallery, a permanent gallery space that celebrates curiosity, innovation and experimentation through cutting-edge virtual reality artworks.

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27 Jul, 8pm – 9pm

About the Speakers

  • Daniel Birnbaum (Artistic Director of Acute Art)

    As a curator and museum director (formerly at Moderna Museet, Stockholm), Daniel Birnbaum has many years of experience working with artists and contemporary art. With Acute Art, he is bringing that experience to cutting-edge technology and enabling renowned international artists to create original artworks in virtual, augmented and mixed reality. Previously, Birnbaum curated the 1st Moscow Biennale (2005), Airs de Paris (with Christine Macel) at the Centre Pompidou (2007) the 2nd Yokohama Triennial (2008), and Zero (with Tijs Visser) at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin (2015). In 2009 he was director of the 53rd Venice Biennale. Birnbaum co-authored Spacing Philosophy: Lyotard and the Idea of the Exhibition with Swedish philosopher and professor Sven-Olov Wallenstein, published by Sternberg Press in 2019.

  • Honor Harger (Executive Director of ArtScience Museum)

    Honor Harger is Executive Director of ArtScience Museum in Singapore, which has held large-scale exhibitions by some of the world's best-known artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dalí and M.C. Escher, and presented significant exhibitions that explore aspects of science including big data, particle physics, natural history, marine biology, cosmology and space exploration. Before joining ArtScience Museum, Harger was the director of Lighthouse, a digital arts venue in Brighton, UK. In 2010, she was guest curator of the transmediale festival in Berlin, and from 2004 to 2008, she was director of the AV Festival, then the UK's largest biennial of digital art, film and music. She was the first curator of webcasting for Tate, where she also curated events and concerts at Tate Modern. Harger is one of the co-founders of the sound art collective, r a d i o q u a l i a.

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