Edge of the Present: Thu 7 April – Sat 7 May 2022 at Warwick Art Gallery
The Big Reach: Thu 7 April at Warwick Art Gallery and Fri 8 April 2022 at Churches of Christ Auditorium, 223 Dragon St Warwick QLD
VENUE: Warwick Art Gallery, 49 Albion St, Warwick QLD
The Big Anxiety QLD presents
Edge of the Present: A ‘mixed reality’ environment designed to cultivate future thinking.
The Big Reach: Designed for anyone interested in arts, mental health, trauma, suicide prevention and general wellbeing from a lived experience, creative or professional point of view.
Edge of the Present is a ‘mixed reality’ (virtual and physical) environment designed to cultivate future thinking. Inspired by neuropsychological research into the workings of memory and imagination, and made in collaboration with psychologists, mental health specialists and participants with lived experiences of suicide survival, this compelling immersive experience invites us to ‘invent the next ten minutes’ – something that is a challenge when we find ourselves inhabiting the ‘edge of the present’.
The participatory installation is comprised of rooms that visitors navigate while wearing virtual reality displays. Architectural features and objects in the environment correspond with forms in the virtual world, which have the capacity to dynamically evolve as the user progresses through physical space and the story. By using technology in this novel way, the installation helps viewers to better engage with the present moment – and hence with the future – with openness, curiosity, and confidence.
Installation by Alex Davies, based on original research and concepts by JR Brennan and Alex Davies, in association with Alessandro Donagh De Marchi, Faisal Sayani, and Artist/Psychologist Michaela Davies.
For further information see Edge of the Present
The Big Reach, Warwick
A two day event designed for anyone interested in arts, mental health, trauma, suicide prevention and general wellbeing from a lived experience, creative or professional point of view.
Details coming soon.