Gray Area Happy Hour + VR Social – Diatribes Playtest

Come down to Gray Area for a VR prototype social hour and cocktail mixer featuring Most Ancient's new work Diatribes.

Happy Hour + VR Social - Diatribes Playtest

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Doors: 6:00PM
Program Begins: 6:15PM

Veronica Graham will give a short presentation on the Diatribes VR piece, and guests will have the opportunity to mix & mingle and try the experience in the gallery.


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Join us on April 25 for a Gray Area Member Mixer & Happy Hour! In this month's get together, former Incubator artist Veronica Graham will present Diatribes, a new VR prototype developed by Graham and collaborators at Most Ancient studio.

Meet a new friend, playtest a new virtual reality experiment, and have a drink with us in the Gray Area Gallery.

About Diatribes

Diatribes is a surreal Virtual Reality narrative experience that is about the fears we internalize when confronted with the reality of climate change.

You are arriving in an alternate space, where the gods of Nature and Civilization battle for dominance. It is always before or after the next catastrophe. You must navigate your fears through an obstacle course of distraction and find meditative practices to cope with the loss of habitats.

Will you be able to break through your emotions and find a way forward?

About the Artist

Veronica Graham

Veronica Graham is a visual artist working with digital media and print publishing. She practices poetic world building, creating artifacts and interactive experiences that call attention to the fictions we internalize in order to make sense of the world around us. In 2010 she founded Most Ancient, a design studio focused on experimental comics and exploration games. Her books have been collected by MoMA, The New York Public Library, and SFMOMA. Graham is currently building “Diatribes”, a VR narrative experience that explores fears about climate change. Her virtual worlds have been funded by Meta and presented at Kala Art Institute, Women’s Studio Workshop, Printed Matter (NYC), and Gray Area (SF). In addition to her own practice, Graham is an arts educator who has taught at San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts and now teaches Virtual Reality at Stanford University.


Most Ancient

Most Ancient is a collaborative studio that crafts printed books and immersive virtual worlds. We embraces a wide range of formats, including comics, zines, art books, mail art, interactive games, virtual reality experiences, and supplemental printed ephemeral for our digital projects. Founded in 2010 by Veronica Graham, Most Ancient originally published experimental comics. Over the years it has grown to include exhibitions, live performances, Virtual Reality demos and participation in national and international book fairs. Our books have been collected by SFMoMA, MoMA, The New York Public Library, The Library of Congress, Stanford University, Yale University, and other public and private collections. Our digital work is available on Steam. Our books are currently available at Printed Matter (NYC) List of collaborators: Holly Newlands Julia Kim Sharleen Chen Ryan Kuo Jesse Eisenhower

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