Human activity continues to threaten Earth’s biodiversity and shared resources. How are artists responding across the world, across mediums, and across realities?
Echoes from the Future is an entirely virtual exhibition! You can visit this exhibition online using a Windows or Mac computer. Or, you can view this exhibition on a Meta Quest 2 virtual reality headset. Between June 29th and September 27th, visit this website to download the program for this virtual exhibition. You can also visit the MacKenzie Art Gallery to view this exhibition in virtual reality from August 1st to September 17th.
When you enter the exhibition, there’s a chance that you’ll see other people visiting the same online space. They will be represented by a jellyfish-like avatar. You can even speak to other people in the exhibition by using a microphone. Like in any online space, please be polite!
Echoes from the Future is set in a bare, hilly landscape inspired by the picture on Windows XP’s desktop. This exhibition makes current environmental issues visible in virtual reality. It contains diverse digital artworks meant to preserve nature, reveal environmental devastation, and imagine future life forms.
Biodiversity: the number of different species of animals, plants, fungi, and even single-celled living things exist in one space.
Virtual: existing digitally on a computer.
Avatar: an image used to represent you in a digital space.
Adapting: changing to fit a new situation.
Evolving: when a species slowly changes over generations. Usually these changes make the species more complex and help them survive.
Speculated: guessed or imagined. Speculative means something is based on a guess.