The 2021 VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival is set to run from June 4-12. The Berlin-based VR Studio INVR.SPACE will broadcast the show worldwide via its VRHAM! VIRTUAL venue while it is being held on-site in Hamburg’s Oberhafenquartier. The festival will feature 18 artworks from 15 countries picked from over 200 submissions. The agenda also includes panels, keynotes, and the presentation of the VRHAMMY Award.
“We are very pleased to be able to present VRHAM! and bring a little festival flair back to Hamburg at the beginning of June. A festival for virtual art also feeds on encounters and exchange, all of which we missed very much last year. We are sure that with our combination of virtual (VRHAM! VIRTUAL) and physical venue, we will offer all visitors in Hamburg and worldwide a broad and exciting art experience”, said Ulrich Schrauth, Artistic Director.
The exhibits at the festival also focus on dance in digital form, transcendental experiences of nature, ideas of the future, and forms of history writing and memory culture.
The digital opening ceremony is scheduled for 7 pm on June 4 will feature talks, live music, and the presentation of the VRHAMMY Award worth EUR 5,000. The award is backed by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius and bestowed upon the best international VR production. The ceremony will be graced by the presence of the artists and the international jury of experts, comprising Caroline Monnet, artist, and director; Manuel Rossner, VR artist; Tricia Tuttle, Festival Director, BFI London Film Festival.
The tickets for the on-site event are up for grabs, and alternatively, they can be witnessed live on a laptop or PC and virtually on mobile VR glasses or high-end VR glasses. The organizers also plan to let the attendees rent the VR equipment. The VRHAM! YouTube will broadcast tours of museums, video footage, 360 video films, panels, workshops, and live acts over the course of the festival.
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