New innovative virtual reality ‘dome’ shows how technology influences the creative process

ELORA – A technology-based exhibition that will provide guests with a behind-the-scenes look at how leading-edge technology can be an integral part of the creative process for glass artist Jerre Davidson is launching Jan. 9 at the Elora Centre for the Arts.

Using a virtual reality dome, guests will learn how motion-sensing technology was used to capture the movements of dancer Meredith Blackmore.

Short sections of movement were isolated and computer code was written, and a model was printed using a 3D printer.

“Once I had the 3D model printed, I made a silicone mold that was filled with wax,” Davidson explained.

“The wax shape of the movement pathway was invested with plaster/silica to create the final mold for the kiln.”

Glass was placed in the mold where it fired in the kiln for over two weeks, then ground and polished.

“The result is a motion-capture dance movement frozen in glass,” Davidson said.

This exhibition, entitled Shape of Dance, includes an exhibition of the finished three-dimensional glass sculptures.

This “dance” between new technology and ancient techniques is a powerful and inspiring journey for the artist and viewer, officials say.

This tech-based exhibition is a first for the Elora Centre for the Arts.

Integrating the principles of science, technology, engineering, art and math – (known as STEAM) is a way to learn and take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem solving, embrace collaboration and work through the creative process, officials say.

“Including art into the traditional STEM approach takes it to another level, allowing us to connect and include the valuable principles of art and creativity,” said Lianne Carter, director at the Elora Centre for the Arts. “The STEAM approach removes limitations and replaces them with wonder, critique, inquiry and innovation.

“The Elora Centre for the Arts is very grateful to tech expert Gord Harris, who donated hundreds of hours and equipment to make this exhibition come to life.”


Shape of Dance runs Jan. 9 to March 8, with an opening reception on Jan. 12 from 2 to 4pm.