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Be inspired by our Virtual Culture Guide Summer 2021

Claudia Comte, Dreaming of Alligator Head

With art, design and the virtual world becoming more intertwined than ever, delve into our curated list of inspiring exhibitions coming up globally, to be experienced either online or IRL-virtual hybrids.

As the art world slowly opens up to the physicality we’ve been missing, crypto art and NFTs double down on the digital and contribute to the expanding metaverse WGSN is closely tracking. Aligned in all regions, online elements are no longer an add-on to exhibitions, but fundamental when connecting with overseas audiences.

Matroyshkemoji, 2021. Courtesy of Jameel Arts Centre. Photo by Daniela Baptista

For sneaker-heads in London, check out Sneakers Unboxed at the Design Museum to learn about design innovations such as self-lacing. A collaboration with Snapchat, Sneaker 0 by Snap extends the show further through your phone and feet via AR.

Well-timed exhibition On Happiness at the Wellcome Collection appreciates your wellness needs after a turbulent year. It celebrates the complexity of positive emotions with online and in-person events to give you a much-needed serotonin boost.

Michaela Efford, Design Museum

Singapore’s ArtScience Museum presents Virtual Realms, an exploration of how video games are expanding beyond the virtual and into the physical, presented in large-scale immersive installations. In Atlanta, Illuminarium combines a museum, movie theatre and VR immersive art experience to transport visitors anywhere in the world, with future ambitions to transport us to the moon.

If deep-sea diving is more appealing, Berlin’s König Galerie’s Dreaming of Alligator Head is accessible via your smartphone. Artist and diver Claudia Comte submerges you into her seascape to raise awareness of  marine life through art.

If you’re a WGSN subscriber, find more arts inspiration in our Virtual Culture Guide on the site.

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