Things to do in Doha: Visit an augmented reality exhibition

There’s a cool new art and music experience at VCUarts Qatar

Things to do in Doha: Visit an augmented reality exhibition

There are lots of new exhibitions opening in Doha and here’s one more to add to the list. The Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) in Education City will be hosting an exhibition that combines augmented reality, art and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach from an album by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, to give you a unique and immersive audio-visual gallery experience.

The opening reception for the exhibition entitled Into the Light will take place at 6pm on Wednesday January 15.

A panel discussion will also take place and is open to the public – Art + Technology: How do artists use it to shape their craft and the way their audiences experience it?

If you’re visiting, you’ll get an augmented reality handset and headphones that will take you through a world of 3D art and classical music that responds to your movements.

Artist Sougwen Chung created six original 3D drawings and sculptures to blend virtual and physical spaces.

You can point the handset at her artwork which is accompanied by the recordings of Yo-Yo Ma that will match your movement in relation to the given artwork.

The six pieces of art will be on display in the Gallery and surroundings and you can freely move around the area using the augmented reality handsets, while listening to the music.

Yo-Yo Ma’s rendition of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor will be played through the headphones. This work is from Ma’s 2018 recording Six Evolutions.
Free. Jan 15-Feb 22. Sat-Thu 9am-5pm. The Gallery, VCUarts Qatar, Education City, qatar.vcu.edu.

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