360: Paul McCarthey
October 25 – November 18, 2018
360: VR Room, London
360 is a dedicated Virtual Reality Room at the Zabludowicz Collection in London. This exhibition featured Paul McCarthey’s work C.S.C.C. Coach Stage Stage Coach VR Experiment Mary and Eve, commissioned and produced by Khora Contemporary and first presented at the Venice Biennale in 2017. The work revisits McCarthy’s ongoing series “Coach Stage Stage Coach” and led to 11 variations of the piece in Virtual Reality.
The Artist used motion capture technology to record the movement of actors, notably Rachel Alig and Jennifer Daley. Viewers are propelled into a dream like environment in which a group of female figures endlessly appear in different stages of a seemingly looping narrative in which they taunt each other physically and emotionally. Characters interact with viewers and invade their physical and psychological boundaries. In this claustrophobic overload, VR users are caught up between their own terrible fascination with such confrontation and their helplessness in front of it.