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Jo's Art History Podcast

35 EpisodesProduced by Jo McLaughlinWebsite

Join art historian Jo McLaughlin as she delves into the wonderful world of art history in a different way!Jo’s aim is to begin breaking down the elitism which surrounds the subject of art history and believes in order to do so, it’s important to create a space where everyone from all walks of life h… read more


24. Art As An Immersive Experience with Lauren Harrison

Welcome Back!!

This week on the Jo’s Art History podcast I sit down with Leeds based visual artist and art world professional Lauren Harrison to discuss the idea of art as a full immersive experience.

Well, first of all, what do we mean by saying ‘a full immersive experience'; as this is not a phrase really associated with art and the art world.

Well - it should be and there are plenty of artists out there creating incredible works which soul success lie in audience interaction and participation.

Lauren talks us through three such examples of ‘art as a full immersive experience’ and we debate the pros and cons of the art world fully embracing the digital age.

This is an incredible chat which really will get you thinking. So sit back and relax as Lauren and I discuss, Art as an Immersive Experience.


Lauren Harrison



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Jo McLaughlin



1. Pipilotti Rist '‘Selfless in the Bath of Lava’. (1994)

Video of the artist in a sea of lava and fire looking up from a small hole in the floor of the gallery forcing the audience to physically manipulate themselves to see the piece.

Google Arts & Culture:

2. Van Gogh experience

VR experience of Van Goghs work where the audience gets to walk 'amongst' the pieces and immerse themselves in digital paintings. The space as they know it is transformed as they explore the world that has been created for them.

The Light workshop in Paris:

3. Chris Milk - Treachery of The Sanctuary (2012)

The audience interacts with the piece across 3 panels that represent birth, death and transfiguration - Without their participation, the piece could not exist.

Some other artists of interest:


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