Still I Rise – Exhibition – Virtual Reality

See Red Women’s Workshop, So Long As Women Are Not Free the People Are Not Free, 1978. Courtesy of the Working Class Movement Library

Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Act 1, a VR Interpretation
Nottingham Contemporary


Coinciding with their 10th birthday on November 14, 2019, Nottingham Contemporary have released an enhanced virtual reality experience of their exhibition, Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Act 1 (2018–19).


Still I Rise explores the history of resistance and alternative forms of living from the perspective of gender. With over 100 exhibits by some 50 practitioners, Still I Rise looks at resistance globally, from intimate acts to large-scale uprisings, from the late 19th century to the present and beyond. Grounded in intersectional queer and feminist thinking, the project discards linear models of progress in order to connect a multiplicity of voices across space and time. Composed of several iterations, Act 2 was at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (2019), and Act 3 is presented at Arnolfini, Bristol, until December 15, 2019.


Nottingham Contemporary’s fully 3D-rendered, interactive interpretation of Still I Rise extends the exhibition’s aim to broaden discussions around gender and resistance, and to represent international perspectives. It is free to download across Oculus Go and HTC Vive, and can also be viewed via web browsers, with versions for mobile devices due in December 2019.

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