The “VR in Art” workshop organized by Kruks launched today with a lot of enthusiasm. The objective of the workshop is to create new approaches to virtual reality for media artists. There has been a lot of talk lately about the “return” or new wave of virtual reality, but it hasn’t realized so far as a corresponding  enthusiasm among media artists. The development of VR takes place largely by the IT giants and through proprietary software, leaving little room for independent publishing and critical or marginal viewpoints. The workshop aims to question this and create room for artistic contents and more varied approaches.

The workshop is held from 29th August to 2nd September in Sysmä, a municipality about 200 km north of Helsinki, in rural settings that create an inspiring contrast and backdrop to the topics dealt with. More information in the workshop’s blog (in Finnish) at http://vrtaiteessa.art-tech.fi.