Commissions

Mordant Family VR Commission

Supporting established Australian artists who have never worked in the medium of Virtual Reality to create immersive new works.

The Mordant Family VR Commission is a three-year program worth $240,000 that supports Australian visual artists with an established gallery-based practice to experiment with and extend their craft using VR. The commission, created in partnership with Catriona Mordant AM and Cav. Simon Mordant AO, the City of Melbourne and ACMI, builds on ACMI’s existing commissioning initiatives and cements ACMI as a leader in developing artists working at the forefront of digital platforms.


2019 recipient

The third and final recipient of the ground breaking $80,000 Mordant Family VR Commission is Tully Arnot.

Arnot’s proposed work, Epiphytes (working title) will be developed in consultation with plant scientist Professor Monica Gagliano, a pioneering researcher of plant sentience and communication. Plants will be captured in ultra HD and will exhibit natural movements that respond to the audience’s presence. The viewer will be urged to explore ways of interacting with each plant, discovering how it may respond to their touches or gestures, and in turn learning to better understand the subtle and incredibly slow movements of plants which are usually invisible to the naked eye.

Arnot will premiere his VR work in 2021 and an edition will be accessioned into ACMI’s collection.

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Tully Arnot (photograph by Jacquie Manning)

Tully Arnot in conversation

Join the artist for a work-in-progress look at Epiphytes and learn about how he approached creating his first virtual reality project.

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Tully Arnot Epiphytes work in progress

Proudly supported by Catriona Mordant AM and Cav. Simon Mordant AO, the City of Melbourne and ACMI


Past recipients

Did you ask the river? Joan Ross

Joan Ross: 'Did you ask the river?' (2018)

In the style of a first-person videogame, you're given free rein to explore an interactive 3D extension of the artist’s vibrant, yet unsettling, colonial landscapes.

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Dr Christian Thompson AO

Dr Christian Thompson: 'Bayi Gardiya' ('Singing Desert', 2017)

The artist invites audiences to walk through the landscape of his childhood and witness him singing in his traditional Bidjara language, a language that has been recognised as extinct.

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