Vir­tual ex­hi­bi­tion could be real win­ner

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

AN vir­tual re­al­ity ex­hi­bi­tion at Birm­ing­ham Mu­seum & Art Gallery has been short­listed for a na­tional award.

Last year’s Thresh­olds ex­hi­bi­tion, a vir­tual re­al­ity art project by artist Mat Col­lishaw, took au­di­ences back over 170 years to the dawn of the pho­to­graphic era.

VR head­sets al­lowed vis­i­tors to walk around a re­cre­ation of ‘The Model Room’, an ex­hi­bi­tion of “man­u­fac­tures, in­ven­tions, mod­els and philo­soph­i­cal in­stru­ments” staged at King Ed­ward’s School, New Street, in Au­gust 1839. The ex­hi­bi­tion re­vealed how Birm­ing­ham was at the fore­front of de­vel­op­ments in the tech­nol­ogy that rev­o­lu­tionised the way we see, and un­der­stand the vis­i­ble and in­vis­i­ble world.

The ex­pe­ri­ence was fully im­mer­sive, with vis­i­tors walk­ing freely through a dig­i­tally re­con­structed room us­ing vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets.

It was part-funded and sup­ported by Col­more BID, the busi­ness im­prove­ment district for the Col­more Row area, while re­spected pho­to­graphic his­to­rian Pete James, who died in March 2018, was a driv­ing force for the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Thresh­olds has now been recog­nised by Bri­tish BIDs, the sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion for BIDs across the coun­try. It will com­pete with events in Lon­don, Not­ting­ham and Bournemouth for the ‘Place Mar­ket­ing’ prize, which hon­ours cre­ative events that help at­tract vis­i­tors to towns and cities.

The win­ner will be an­nounced on Novem­ber 8 at the Bri­tish BIDs Na­tional Con­fer­ence in Cam­bridge.

> A vis­i­tor to the Thresh­olds ex­hi­bi­tion held at Birm­ing­ham Mu­seum & Art Gallery

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