3D Art Tours White cubes on a screen near you. Danish art galleries offer online 3D tours of their current and past exhibitions.

3D Art Tours
Exhibition | Monday d. 30. Mar. - Sunday d. 5. Apr. 2020 | Odense | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Elena Stanciu | Translated by: Christoffer Henneberg

Location: Odense by
Organizer: Artland

When things we’ve grown to love are taken from us, we enter a process of grieving. Or we should, anyway. Most of us don’t call it grief – a feeling culturally reserved for human loss, almost exclusively of those close to us. But losing things, places, social customs, opportunities we’ve taken for granted as constant should make us feel grief. Or, to appease purists, we should find a new name for this feeling. It’s also very interesting to notice what lost things, places, and options, the people around us lament most often or most loudly – restaurants, cafés, pubs, freedom to picnic in the park, quirky shops. These are venues of tangible consumption, places you leave holding something in your hands, or having been satiated. All places where our money makes a difference.

I haven’t yet seen calls to support our local art galleries – places where we wouldn’t necessarily leave any money, and places we’d leave again, holding intangible value. And sure – support, these days, is all about money; survival is a financial matter; how do we show support, when money is not the channel of support?

(Most) art galleries sell art, but to those who can’t afford it, they offer experience and knowledge, emotions and the occasion to produce new thoughts, in the presence of unique artistic expression. It’s all, however, dependent on access. One must go out of their home, cross the town, enter the gallery and experience it all. With this type of access denied, what’s left?

Museums and galleries around the world are expanding access to their rooms and walls through digital solutions – 3D tours have been around for some time now. Some art venues have already implemented an infrastructure for remote access, long before access became a mainstream problem. Indeed, now may be a time to exercise empathy with people who experience limited access every day, and remember this once we can all move freely again.

In Denmark, the Copenhagen-based digital artspace Artland has been working with this notion of access for a while now – aiming to bring art closer to the public. 3D exhibition tours of Danish galleries are part of this mission. Sadly, I couldn’t find any Odense-based galleries listed, which makes a strong point, in my view, for how Odense and its art spaces see themselves.

But, in any case, remotely engaging with art in current and past exhibitions is important – we can still think about it, emote, reflect, share our thoughts and create an experience. We can support art galleries by making space in our lives for them, even if we don’t get the ego-kick from stepping into the whitecubeness of it all.

But, closer to home, Kunstmuseum Brandts is giving a live online tour of their Pixar exhibition on 1. April. This is a one-off, 30 minutes showing – critically different from always-available 3D tours, when considering the freedom and agency of the viewer, but perhaps a good start.

Link to the event

Written by Elena Stanciu

Elena has an MA in American Studies from SDU, and currently works as Features Editor for arts and culture publication PETRIe. She is interested in visual culture and contemporary art, design an...