Virtual reality bites at Art Basel Hong Kong fair

Art lovers will need to have headsets at the ready as virtual reality works make their way to Art Basel’s Hong Kong fair. The fair has joined forces with Google Arts & Culture, initially putting forward five artists to join the technology giant’s artists-in-residence programme to introduce them to Tilt Brush, a 3D drawing and painting tool.

The resulting works — by Yang Yongliang, Robin Rhode, Sun Xun, Cao Fei and the Los Angeles performance artist known as boychild — will be shown in the fair’s Collectors’ Lounge, with some of them for sale.

Freya Murray, programme manager at Google Arts & Culture, says her company sees itself as an “innovation partner to artists” as they experiment with a potentially new medium.

Elsewhere in the fair, others are bringing works made to be experienced virtually.

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Virtual reality bites at Art Basel Hong Kong fair

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