This article intends to introduce the reader to a historical overview of technology as Mixed Reality (RM) and also to indicate artists that the author found relevant during his research for the group exhibition “Coação Pictórica”, which took place at Casa dos Crivos in Braga, Portugal, in 2021. It also addresses authors such as Deleuze, Baudrillard and Lévy who deal with the theme of the virtual, going to study works that reflect on whether we live in a simulation, through the author Nick Bostrom, which influenced the construction of worlds in the works presented. The analysis of the pieces produced in the exhibition culminates in an awareness that this is a work that works on a spectrum within the RM, where different spheres of knowledge share intentions to obtain artistic works of this nature and its framework as a work open to the public is considered into account, through experimentation in this field by the author of this article and the existing literature on the subject. The future of art is outlined by new paradigms that emphasize the sensorial aspect, far beyond the visual aspect, being able to intervene in the other senses, such as hearing, touch and smell. We can deliver these interactions using technology like MR to blend the real world with virtual environments. There are some pending challenges of technology, of a cooperative work between artists, engineers and programmers and between the premise of creating new realities that allow artists to expand the physical world.
Jorge Alexandre Carvalho Marques, University of Porto, Portugal