Thanks to Oculus’ Medium and Quill, and Google’s Tilt Brush, art in virtual reality has had a strong premiere year. While Medium and Quill are fresh on the scene, releasing just last month alongside Oculus Touch controllers, Tilt Brush on the HTC Vive has paved the way for awe-inspiring art created in the 3D realm: inspiring entire curated art shows to single, heavily-layered works. And now Google’s taking another step to foster the development of virtual reality-crafted art, with their newly announced “Artist in Residency” program.
The Tilt Brush Artist in Residency program (AiR) expands upon the few artists here and there that have access to experimenting with the platform, by imploring over 60 artists to create original works with Tilt Brush. Artists that participated in the program were handpicked by Google, including animator Justin Roiland (co-creator of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, and his own VR project Accounting), contemporary street artist Bradley Theodore, artist and researcher Sougwen Chung, alongside many more.
Tilt Brush’s AiR program isn’t like any other residency—Google isn’t personally housing the artists—but rather giving the creators access to the technology and freedom with Tilt Brush’s own developers. When Mashable asked a Google spokesperson if artists would be compensated for their ‘residencies,’ Google declined to comment.