on the occasion of the exhibition experiment KLIMT’S MAGIC GARDEN: A Virtual Reality Experience by Frederick Baker
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Klimt (1862–1918), until 7 October 2018 the MAK is presenting a highlight of the MAK Permanent Collection Vienna 1900 in the context of a cinematic virtual reality (VR) experience. Using high-resolution photography, renowned filmmaker and virtual reality artist Frederick Baker restages Gustav Klimt’s design drawings, preserved in nine parts, for the mosaic frieze of the Stoclet House dining room in Brussels (1910/1911) to create an immersive virtual setting. In doing so, the artist was inspired by the visual dramaturgy of the architectonically structured narrative of Expectation and Fulfillment. Baker combines the elements of Klimt’s two-dimensional design with state-of-the-art technology to create an innovative interplay of image and space.
Visitors are invited to set out on an interactive cinematic journey using VR headsets. In the computer-generated world of Virtual Reality, two-dimensional images can be experienced as three-dimensional events. Whereas VR devices already enjoy widespread use as gadgets in the consumer world, the use of Virtual Reality in art and serious consideration of its potential are still at the experimental stage. In the framework of a panel discussion, the MAK FUTURE LAB addresses the development of museum spaces using this visual technology, as well as the fusion of image and space as an opportunity for artistic creativity and the potential presented by expanded cinema.
Frederick Baker, Filmmaker and Virtual Reality Artist
Paul Feigelfeld, Media Theorist
Gabriele Jutz, Film Expert
Moderator: Christoph Thun-Hohenstein
The MAK FUTURE LAB is a creative laboratory founded by the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. Through workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and other formats the MAK FUTURE LAB generates interdisciplinary contributions to a humane shaping and utilization of Digital Modernity. It positions design, architecture, and fine art as driving forces of socially, ecologically, culturally, and economically sustainable market economy models. Through diverse cooperations, it networks these creative sectors with the fields of science, research, business, and politics. The MAK FUTURE LAB aspires to develop both holistic orientation models and strategies for the commons inspired by such models, as well as concrete, innovative business ideas for the future.