London-based art collective Marshmallow Laser Feast has announced the international museum premiere of their virtual reality experience, Evolver, at South Korea’s new museum “Wave” in Seoul, starting June 17. It’s part of the museum’s inaugural exhibition titled “Sublime,” curated by French artist Daniel Kapelian.
Marshmallow Laser Feast’s Evolver is a virtual reality experience that drops audiences deep inside the human body, following the oxygen flow through our branching ecosystem to a single ‘breathing’ cell. Actress Cate Blanchett narrates the special edition of EVOLVER in English, while the renowned Squid Game actor Lee Jung-Jae (known as Number 456) adds a fresh layer with a newly commissioned Korean voiceover.
Beginning with a 10-minute audio meditation to allow the viewer to relax, the immersive experience follows with a sequence of breathing, visualizing air flowing from the mouth into the lungs, swirling like a tornado, circulating through our intricate vascular system, and finally exiting back into the natural world.
Visual from Evolver by Marshmallow Laser Feast
The Bia-Echo Foundation supports EVOLVER. Its founder, Nicole Shanahan, has, along with The Buck Institute for Research on Aging’s Jennifer Garrison, acted as a scientific advisor for the project on the cutting-edge research being done by the Institute on Female Reproductive health. EVOLVER’s key scientific collaborator is Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS, which provides data sets and bodily scanning techniques that have informed every aspect of the project.
Korean Stone Art Museum transforms into a media art hub
What was once the iconic Korean Stone Art Museum located on the hillside of Seongbuk-dong in central Seoul has recently transformed into the Museum Wave, a modern art hub with a vision focused on attracting younger art enthusiasts. The revamped space, previously teeming with ancient stone statues, now showcases a blend of media art and paintings by contemporary global artists.
The inauguration show Sublime, organized by French curator Daniel Kapelian, features a variety of art displays spread across the five unique spaces of Wave. Kapelian highlighted the special nature of the museum’s location, particularly its garden filled with ancient stones. He aimed to combine this old-world charm with contemporary art to give visitors a unique experience that bridges the past and the present.
One artist making his debut in Seoul is Jacky Tsai from London. Tsai is known for merging Eastern and Western themes, using a range of mediums, including acrylics, silk-screen prints, and porcelain. His art often blends traditional Chinese imagery with modern pop culture elements, like Superman.