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The Dorman Long Tower Reimagined – A virtual Reality Experience

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Fri/Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12pm-4pm


Iain Nicholls, Connor Clements, Charlie Wood, Ste Bruce, Bobby Benjamin, David Watson, Birch Cooper





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The Dorman Long Tower Reimagined – A virtual Reality Experience

At the time of going to print, plans had been submitted to demolish the Dorman Long Tower. By the time you read this, it’s very likely that the tower will be gone. Opinions vary on the subject of this iconic building, but one thing is certain; we couldn’t discuss the theme of Infrastructure without discussing the Dorman Long Tower. A Brutalist beast, and once a shining beacon of the industrial golden age of Teesside, it has become a symbol of times past and a fine example of the type of architecture that divides people. In what might be the last days of its physical form, MAW21 commissions three very different exhibitions to take place in a virtual reality experience of the Dorman Long Towers interior and invites you to come and explore. The tower has been transformed into a VR contemporary art gallery, created by artist Iain Nicholls with assistance from Ste Bruce and Connor Clements.

Local artists Bobby Benjamin and David Watson present traditional painting with a post-industrial town narrative, US artist Birch Cooper exhibits hyper-realistic sculptures that can only be experienced in VR worlds, while new arts space WetDoveTail showcase their studio holders through digitally created 2D & 3D works.