Jess Johnson and Simon Ward: Terminus is a virtual reality (VR) installation that transports the viewer into an imaginary landscape of colour and pattern populated by human clones, moving walkways and gateways to new realms.
With their pioneering use of virtual reality, artists Jess Johnson and Simon Ward hold a unique position amongst contemporary art practitioners. Johnson’s drawings are transformed from analogue into digital, and from solo practice into cross-disciplinary collaboration, forming the basis of this virtual experience. Animated by Ward and enriched with input from Smith and Clarke, the result is Terminus: a mysterious universe of alien architecture populated by humanoid clones and cryptic symbols, explored via a network of travellators and gateways.
Terminus presents a quest, a choose-your-own adventure into the technological. Prepare yourself for a slippage of time and space as your journey propels you through five distinct realms.
Plan your visit
Terminus includes five VR experiences, which are each approximately 5:30 minutes in duration. You may need to allow between 30 minutes to 1 hour for your adventure. As each experience is individual you may find there is a short wait before you can begin your quest. You may want to take this time to explore Terminus’ immersive environment.
General advice for VR Headsets
The VR headsets used in this exhibition are recommended for ages 13 and over.
For safety, VR Headsets are NOT recommended for use if you are:
• under the age of 13
• prone to seizures
• under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• have a medical device (eg. a hearing aid or cardiac pacemaker)
• have binocular vision abnormalities
Accessibility option: An ipad is available at reception for visitors to view short clips of the VR if you are unable to use the VR headsets for the reasons listed above.
Terminus: Jess Johnson and Simon Ward is a National Gallery Touring Exhibition supported by Visions of Australia and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program. Terminus was commissioned with the assistance of The Balnaves Foundation.
Hazelhurst would like to acknowledge the Sutherland Shire Council Signshop team for their assistance with the installation of the Terminus exhibition: Daniel Boyd, Sue Johnson, Ian Genge and Andrew McClelland.
Image credit: Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Terminus (still), 2017 - 2018, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, commissioned with the assistance of The Balnaves Foundation 2017, purchased 2018 © Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, courtesy of Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney; Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland and Jack Hanley Gallery, New York.