THE MIXED REALITY SPACE, ONX STUDIO, WILL GATHER ARTISTS CREATING WORKS FOR COMMUNITY THANKS TO THE PARTNERSHIP OF ONASSIS USA AND NEW INC

Text by: Fiammetta Cesana

ONXStudio_Rendering_Image by Leong Leong. Simulation of art inspired by Sensorium

As aforementioned, the union between Onassis USA and NEW INC didn’t happen by chance. The latter indeed, over the past six years, has been reference point for leading talents in the development of storytelling through advanced digital mediums. One of its members, Eliza McNitt, along with producer Darren Aronofsky, created “Spheres”, the first VR experience to be acquired for millions by Sundance, as well as the widely used volumetric film-capture hardware product, “Depthkit”, has been launched during the mandate at NEW INC of the award-winning studio Scatter.

On the other hand, Onassis USA’s commitment to culture and community acts in defense of equal opportunities through the impactful messages of both visual and verbal arts. Presenting theatrical and dance performances, to exhibitions, conversations, lectures, and being in collaboration with Onassis Stegi in Athens and different American educational institutions, its mission is to urge discussions about today’s meanings of democracy, human rights, and the content changes we are all coping with at global level. 

So the newborn ONX Studio seems to blend the complementary goals of its institutional parents, trying to achieve a cultured and prosperous society through the advantages of new forms of technology and art. 

Designed by the architectural firm Leong Leong, ONX Studio will provide a place for artists to develop beta test and demo their works in a presentation gallery, and will host salons where the community can share best practices and foster a network and support system.

 The project is directed by NEW INC’s Director Stephanie Pereira, its cofounder Karen Wong, Onassis USA Artistic and Executive Director Vallejo Gantner, and the Onassis Foundation’s Head of Digital and Innovation Prodromos Tsiavos.

ABOUT ONASSIS FOUNDATION

Onassis Foundation’s mission is and will always be human-centric. Since 1975, it focuses on the fields of culture, health, and education. Releasing the potential of artists, scholars, and scientists, it has supported Greek programs in universities around the world. Athens, a cultural center which hosts performances and activities across the whole spectrum of the arts from theatre, dance, music, cinema and the visual arts to the written word, with an emphasis on contemporary cultural expression. The Onassis Foundation believes in active citizens with bold ideas and optimistic dreams, and embraces process, research, study, experimentation, as well as the values of freedom, democracy and human rights. 

In 2000, Onassis USA was founded as the first international affiliate of the Onassis Foundation.

ABOUT NEW MUSEUM

The New Museum is the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to contemporary art. Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a center for exhibitions, information, and documentation about living artists from around the world. From its beginnings as a one-room office on Hudson Street to the inauguration of its first freestanding building on the Bowery designed by SANAA in 2007, the New Museum continues to be a place of experimentation and a hub of new art and new ideas.

NEW INC was cofounded by Lisa Phillips and Karen Wong in 2013 and is the first museum led cultural incubator dedicated to supporting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology. NEW INC’s Director is Stephanie Pereira. For more information, visit newinc.org