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Terminus: Jess Johnson and Simon Ward

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14 Nov 2020 – 21 Mar 2021
Free

Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Terminus (install view) at The Dowse, 2020. Photo by Hagen Hopkins.

Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Terminus (install view) at The Dowse, 2020. Photo by Hagen Hopkins.

Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Terminus (install view) at The Dowse, 2020. Photo by Hagen Hopkins.

Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Terminus (install view) at The Dowse, 2020. Photo by Hagen Hopkins.

Terminus (VR Still), 2018 Jess Johnson & Simon Ward

Terminus (VR Still), 2018 Jess Johnson & Simon Ward

With their pioneering use of virtual reality, artists Jess Johnson and Simon Ward present a mysterious universe of alien architecture populated by humanoid clones and cryptic symbols.

Explored via a network of travellators and gateways, Terminus presents a quest, a choose-your-own adventure, inside a technological world.

Animated by Ward and enriched with input from developer Kenny Smith and sound composer Andrew Clarke, Johnson’s drawings are transformed from an analogue 2-dimensional artwork into an immersive digital realm. The exhibition, re-designed specifically for The Dowse Art Museum, is a navigation of the many optical challenges and visual puzzles of the virtual space, ultimately revealing that reality is not fixed, but is both malleable and multi-dimensional.

Terminus was commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia with support provided by The Balnaves Foundation 2017-18 and is toured in Aotearoa by Tauranga Art Gallery.

This exhibition has been generously supported by DAC Group.