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1 February 2018

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has opened applications for the second $80,000 Mordant Family Virtual Reality (VR) Commission.


Worth $240,000 over three years, the commission supports new VR works by Australian artists and filmmakers, inviting visual artists to produce bold new works using VR and associated technology.

It supports gallery-based practitioners to move into VR, encouraging experimentation and enabling the creation of ambitious artworks that push the limits of technology to engage audiences in new ways.

The inaugural Mordant Family VR Commission went to Dr Christian Thompson for his proposed work Bayi Gardiya (Singing Desert). An immersive VR experience, Thompson will invite audiences to walk through the landscape of his childhood, where they will witness a simple yet profound aesthetic gesture of the artist singing in his traditional Bidjara language, a language that has been recognised as extinct.

The second commission is now open to applications from mid-career and established visual artists.

The commission will be selected by a panel of national and international industry experts including Natalie Kane, Curator of Digital Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; leading futurist, author, entrepreneur, Mark Pesce; ACMI Chief Experience Officer Seb Chan and ACMI Senior Curator Fiona Trigg.

In addition to financial support, the recipient of the Mordant Family VR Commission will receive expert advice and support from ACMI in the development phase, as well as a work space in ACMI’s vibrant Southbank co-working studio for the screen industries, ACMI X.

Ultimately, each work will be presented to the public and an edition preserved in ACMI’s collection.

Applications for the Mordant Family VR Commission close at 5pm Sunday 11 March.

Visit ACMI for details