inverseArts is a project which explores the experiential world of immersive artworks and the artists who create them. We offer reviews of contemporary works as well as discussion of historical precedents.

We are primarily interested in the medium of virtual reality, with its promise of perceptual translocation. We also consider related genres such as spatial audio, installation art, and panoramic painting.

The distinguishing characteristic of works capturing our interest is that they put the viewer at the center of the art experience, to be fully surrounded by the projected environment. These works are not bounded by picture frames, perched upon pedestals, nor set upon the stage; but instead are directly visited by the audience in the first person.


About Christian Greuel

Christian Greuel is an artist, producer, and researcher who has been working in the fields of virtual reality, visual simulation, and/or virtual worlds since the early 1990s. Currently leading projects at SRI International, he has previously worked with the toy company LEGO and earlier with the virtual reality pioneer Fakespace.

He has been a guest speaker at Art Center College of Design, San Francisco State University, and Institute for Creative Technologies. He has presented at such conferences as SIGGRAPH, Opera Totale, and the California Governor’s Conference on the Arts. He was awarded US Patent 6,128,004 as co-inventor of a virtual reality glove system.

His work has been seen at the Experience Music Project, Saul Zaentz Film Center, The Exploratorium, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the International Symposium on Electronic Arts.

He earned his MFA (1992) in Performing Arts Design and Technology at the California Institute of the Arts. His BFA (1988) is from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.