Immersive Assembly Vol.2 is a pilot programme for the developing cultural partnership between York and Viborg, supported by Arts Council England and the Danish Embassy, and managed through a partnership of Mediale with The Animation Workshop, Viborg Kunsthal, York Museums Trust and XR Stories. This hybrid artists residency brings together 4 UK and 2 Danish artists/studios to learn, share, network and play. This 6-month residency programme will support the artists in collaborating and creating a prototype project to showcase at Viborg Animation Festival in September. It will run in a hybrid format, beginning and ending with site-specific activity in York and Viborg comprising a series of online talks, sessions and workshops in between.
Immersive Assembly Vol 2: ‘Bodies and Geometry’ invites artists to consider how emergent technologies inform the relationship between bodies and geometry across ‘real’ and virtual contexts. This could be through exploring the changing thresholds of surveillance, the implications of variable identity, the potential to experience perspectives of others and provide richer experiences for those with visible and hidden disabilities, the power of play and new aesthetic possibilities afforded by immersive media.
The developing partnership between the cities came about following York’s engagement with Viborg’s inspiring international project, Draw with Denmark. A number of areas for collaboration are being explored.