Step inside one of Abner Preis’s works and experience the city as you’ve never seen it before. Preis is a museum fellow for the coming three years and will present new virtual reality works each year that focus on stories from the city.Abner Preis (1975) is a visual artist and storyteller. He created three works for the Amsterdam Museum using VR (virtual reality) that are inspired by the coronavirus pandemic and the extraordinary situations in which some found themselves as a result.
He made a selection from the more than 3,000 submissions generated by the online exhibition Corona in the City, where visitors were asked to share their experiences of the pandemic in Amsterdam through an open call. Preis then created work that reflects these stories and voices. He invites his audience to wander through spectacular labyrinths in which he mixes existing photographs, stories, videos, and poems with his own virtual illustrations, figurative associations, and fantasies.
The three stories are as follows:
- After the party, nature wins, Maarten Vinkenoog
- Making the most of being alone, Text: Nina Boas / Music: Guirrmo Celano / Cello: Florien Hamer
- Grandma Lola & Lela, Story: Tieka Masfar / Music: Maarten Vinkenoog
Supervised viewings of the VR work take place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons between 13.00 and 17.00 hrs, maximum two people at a time. It is also possible to view the works without supervision.
This project is made possible in part by the Mondriaan Fonds and the Stimuleringsfonds.