Virtual reality art installation at East Galley NUA lets viewers control what they see and hear

A local exhibition is showcasing a new virtual reality art form

A local exhibition is showcasing a new virtual reality art form - Credit: Archant

The brightly-coloured, futuristic installation might look like a scene from a science fiction movie, but the modern art work is actually the result of organic imagery and state-of-the-art, real-time computer animation.

East Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts will be the first art gallery venue worldwide to showcase Mutator VR, a new virtual reality exhibit using original software modelled on the processes of evolution.

Starting on November 15, visitors will be able to experience the installation as an immersive visual and sound experience by wearing an HTC Vive VR headset and using two hand controllers.

William Latham is the artist behind the creation, who worked with mathematicians and software developers Stephen Todd and Lance Putnam.

Mr Latham began working with Mr Todd in the 1990's, researching the potential for computer algorithms to generate organic imagery and be able to change that imagery with the guidance of the viewer.

If the 'Organic Art' resembles life forms from an alternative or alien world, that's the intention. Mr Latham has expertly combined his artistic and scientific background to create his art. While he was working as a research fellow at IBM Scientific Centre in Winchester, his work was also being shown in galleries and museums in Bristol, London and Tokyo.

Since 2007 Mr Latham has been professor of computing at Goldsmiths, University of London where he recently developed his 'Mutator' into a virtual reality format, with help from research assistant, Lance Putnam.

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The installation will last until January 14, 2017.

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