A New Age Gallery

University of Colorado Denver students and faculty combine interactive technology with art and science at the new DPAC gallery.

December 16 2016, 3:00 PM

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A gallery patron plays a virtual reality bow-and-arrow video game as a part of Valve Corporation's "The Lab," at the Next Stage Collaborative on Thursday, December 15. Photos by Maalikah Hartley

Gallery patron Angie Flachman gets interactive with an augmented reality project designed by CU students from the College of Arts and Media at the Next Stage Collaborative on Thursday, December 15. 

Executive director of Denver Arts & Venues, Kent Rice, interacts with a virtual environment in "A Dwelling of the New Man," a recently developed work from CU associate professor of digital design, Bryan Leister (not pictured) on Thursday, December 15. Associate professor of digital design, Michelle Carpenter (left), guides him.

A gallery patron plays a virtual reality bow-and-arrow video game as a part of Valve Corporation's "The Lab," at the Next Stage Collaborative on Thursday, December 15. Photos by Maalikah Hartley

Gallery patron Angie Flachman gets interactive with an augmented reality project designed by CU students from the College of Arts and Media at the Next Stage Collaborative on Thursday, December 15. 

Executive director of Denver Arts & Venues, Kent Rice, interacts with a virtual environment in "A Dwelling of the New Man," a recently developed work from CU associate professor of digital design, Bryan Leister (not pictured) on Thursday, December 15. Associate professor of digital design, Michelle Carpenter (left), guides him.

If you’re looking for a gallery experience that’s more hands-on than hands-off, check out the new Next Stage Collaborative, located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex across from the Buell Theatre.

In a joint effort between Denver Arts & Venues and the University of Colorado Denver, the exhibit—which was redesigned and built by students from CU’s Design Build Program—showcases the interactive digital design work of students and faculty from CU's College of Arts and Media. The headset stations combine VR technology with art and science (explore How the Human Heart Works and A Dwelling of the New Man), while another station features interactive tablets that reveal social awareness messages when placed in front of graphic banners. 

"I really like the idea of designing the system but not making the piece; so people who come into the gallery make the piece themselves. Interactive work allows the audience to participate in what they're seeing instead of being a passive observer," says Bryan Leister, CU associate professor of digital design.

CU students and faculty will be on-site to guide you through their exhibits, and visitors can expect to experience even more interactive work until spring.

"To be able to bring the opportunity [for] people to engage in the arts, hands on, I think is pretty special and these are going to be for patrons of all ages," says Dorothy Horrell, CU Denver chancellor.