Symbiosis immerses audiences in an extended reality experience that includes not just sight and sound — as in traditional virtual reality — but also touch, taste and smell. Guests explore a landscape 200 years in the future, where they must adapt to a collapsing ecosystem. Symbiosis had its U.S. premiere in November at the Portland Art Museum’s Center for an Untold Tomorrow.
The Portland Art Museum's Center for an Untold Tomorrow rents out virtual reality headsets, preloaded with 10 curated immersive VR pieces from around the world, for viewers to try out for a few days at home.
Closing a major art museum isn’t nearly as simple as turning out the lights and locking the doors. Protecting fragile, priceless works of art is a full-time responsibility: even if a pandemic pops up and spoils your plans.
Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson has worn many hats in the NW art world, from student to president of the Oregon College of Arts and Craft to NW art curator. She looks back at 46 years on the eve of her retirement.