FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Flatsitter Receives First Ever Virtual Reality Grant from New York State Council on the Arts
Flatsitter has received a 2016 Individual Artist award from NYSCA for the production of THETA: a Virtual Reality Experience. This award was based largely on the success of SAFE WOR(L)D, Flatsitter’s previous virtual reality performance installation which was hosted at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Big Orbit Gallery, and various other locations throughout Western New York
THETA is an avant-garde guided meditation virtual reality spa experience founded on principles of synesthesia and sensorial decadence. Project collaborators include Frank Napolski, John & Carlie Rickus, Volker Einsfeld, and Noah Falck. The project is set to premiere in early 2016.
Flatsitter is a media arts collaborative based in Western New York. Flatsitter uses old and new technologies, combined with elements of performance art, to craft strange and surreal experiences. Our work exists as electronic meditations in an array of formats, such as live expanded cinema performance, web collections, site-specific installation, and live virtual reality experiences.
Flatsitter was selected as one of three NY-based artists to participate in a NY / Quebec Artist-in-Residence program and will be hosted at Sporobole Centre En Art Actuel for a Jan-April 2015 residency.
Flatsitter has exhibited and performed at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (Ann Arbor, MI); Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY); Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo, NY); Burchfield Penney Art Center (Buffalo, NY); and Grave:point Studios at Silent Barn (New York, NY). They have received a New York State Council on the Arts Finishing Funds award distributed by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and held residencies at the Institute for Electronic Arts (Alfred University, NY) and Signal Culture (Owego, NY).
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