founded in 1988 in the heart of moscow, the mars center is the oldest contemporary arts venue in russia and the first privately owned gallery. the venue has become known for its specific and keen interest in the rise of multimedia art and all its developments, and as such its collection is a display of what goes on in the fast-evolving environment and facilitates unusual emotional experience through dealing with interactive media with many installations. and mars center's current exhibition, entitled metaforms, and presented in collab with creative association artmossphere, is no exception. the show is a tribute to the general enthusiasm for high technology aroundthe globe today. visitors get to experience new opportunities offered by virtual reality through installations by leading russian artists and designers from moscow and st. petersburg.
these hi-tech concoctions, all especially developed for the exhibition, feature a cool mix of new tools and media, in addition to three-dimensional street art by way of a vr headset, creating a fascinating immersive experience. but that's not all. interestingly, the show also sheds light on the artists' creative process and how these installations came about. the exhibition space is transformed into an immersive game zone, albeit a very artsy one, in which parallel reality suddenly becomes available to all. the list of participating artists includes aesthetics group, misha most, nootk, pokras lampas and aber [on through aug 31]. location: mars center, pushkarev pereulok 5 [meshchanskiy].