Start long weekend with free virtual artwork show, music festival at Oakville Museum


Published October 6, 2023 at 5:02 pm

Residents looking for something to do Saturday afternoon (Oct. 7) can head out to the Oakville Museum for Four Virtual Worlds: An augmented reality experience with artist Maria Won. MARIA WON IMAGE

If you’re looking to view some cool virtual artwork or listen to some big band music this weekend (Oct. 7), then the Oakville Museum is the place to be.

One of the many free Culture Days events scheduled in Oakville this month, the local museum is hosting Four Virtual worlds, an immersive 360° video experience by new media artist Maria Won that demonstrates the hypothetical harmonious future of nature, plastic, and creations.

“Go on a digital journey through planktons and plastics, upside down oceans, colourless nature and see the plastic inside us,” the town said about the experience.

For those unable to wear a VR headset, the artwork will also be viewable in Augmented Reality or a 360° YouTube video.

A South Korean Canadian artist, curator, and educator, Won draws influence for her work from both the fantasy and the lived experience within the Korean diaspora.

Won examines and questions how we can rethink human-ecological systems in an industrialised society.

“Through my hyphenated identity and idiosyncratic lens, my works specifically reflect on the issues of single-use plastic, mass production, and consumerism and its impact on our contemporary society,” she said. “By using climate crisis as a metaphor in relation to my identity, I question different means to articulate the visualisation of the paradigmatic dilemma through multi-disciplinary artworks in all forms of media such as performance art, video art, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.”

The experience begins at 1:30 p.m. and runs to 3 p.m. at the Oakville Museum.

The Oakville Museum is located at 8 Navy St.

The Oakville Museum Coach House will set the stage for the Music is Culture Festival presented by the Merriam School of Music.

Residents are welcome to come and enjoy a celebration of music, music education, students, teachers, and artists.

The free concert runs Saturday (Oct. 7) from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. and features performances by All Star Big Band, including musicians from their Enriched, Band Chops and Songwriting programs, and The Heavyweights Brass Band.

Founded in 1988 by Alan Merriam, the Merriam School of Music employs over 120 teachers and provides over 3,000 music lessons per week over four campuses.

The Oakville Museum Coach House is located at 114 King St.

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