Shifting paradigms – Physical Places to Virtual Spaces
With the advent of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, the world has undergone drastic changes, with people needing comfort, unity, and creativity to ease our stress in such troubling times. Fortunately, the world of art, design, and culture has persevered and adapted to the changes within the recent times.
Evolving from in-person gatherings, the virtual realm has carved spaces that enable easy accessibility for the viewers. Shifting to the virtual mediums has not only allowed a greater reach across countries, being able to cater to a larger audience compared to physical spaces, but also provided different levels of immersion and interaction between the audience and the hosts.
With the ability to stream their performances, artists are now reaching towards art galleries and theatres for spreading information and awareness on their performances. This has also enabled overcoming certain limitations such as show duration, venue capacity, and travel distances for audience and artists alike.
Though, arts isn’t the only field benefitting from these innovations. In many parts of the world awareness campaigns, virtual tours, auctions, and even lectures and seminars, for children and adults alike, have profited from the offerings of the virtual realm.
Technology is a huge driver in promoting virtual shows, as well as marketing for different brands to different customers, with this new drive in popularity has also boosted advancements in the field of technology, where virtual reality is seeking to become more easily accessible to the masses through tools like VR headsets and haptic feedback sensors.
With such interactive, and increasingly immersive, experiences being easily available to the masses, virtual galleries have become a greater part of the contemporary culture and, due the benefits they have brought, may continue well beyond the pandemic.