V&A announces virtual reality event

Initiative linked to Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition
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Still from Curious Alice VR experience created by the V&A and HTC Vive Arts
Still from Curious Alice VR experience created by the V&A and HTC Vive Arts Original artwork by Kristjana S Williams, 2020

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has revealed plans for its first virtual reality (VR) event.

The V&A has teamed up with digital consultancy HTC Vive Arts to develop the initiative, which will take place on 22 October to coincide with the release of tickets for the Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition. The immersive VR event will provide a sneak preview of the exhibition, which opens in London on 27 March 2021.

The preview, led by the show’s curator Kate Bailey, will be accessible to audiences with or without a VR headset.

"From rabbit holes to mirrors, flamingoes to hedgehogs, wonderland is the perfect world for VR and the V&A is delighted to be pioneering our first ever VR event,” said Bailey.

Victoria Chang, the director of Vive Arts at HTC said: “The unprecedented circumstances in 2020 have demonstrated how technology can inspire and connect us. Virtual reality as an immersive, experimental medium is the perfect complement to the concept of Wonderland and we hope audiences at home will enjoy their journey into the exhibition.”

Audiences will be able to participate through the VR platform Engage using a Windows PC or Android device or join live recording of the event broadcast on the V&A’s Youtube channel.

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