Housed in three rooms of Sir John Soane's Museum in London until 25 September 2022, The Portal Galleries is an exhibition that combines present and future, physical and digital, fabrics and technologies, sensoriality and virtuality, born from the collaboration between Alcantara and the multidisciplinary design studio Space Popular.
The invitation is to enter a parallel world
The exhibition draws inspiration from Space Popular's interest and research on the history of portals intended as access routes to another environment, be it physical or virtual, and invites the visitor to enter a parallel world through the most modern technologies.
On the ground floor, the Foyle Space offers a first access route to the portals thanks to virtual reality headsets , while two soft Alcantara panels, placed at the two ends of the room, emphasize the experience thanks to the of sensoriality, aesthetics and functionality that characterize the material.
The portal table and virtual reality
The exhibition continues on the first floor of the house-museum, where a hand-made "portal table" presents a three-dimensional temporal sequence of imaginary portals, also showing a second spatial shot. The visitor is invited to interact with the table, entirely covered in Alcantara and designed to tell the constant connection between the physical world and the digital dimension.
In another room on the first floor, some drawings of Space Popular and films on virtual reality are exhibited.
"We are fascinated by the technical, sensorial and aesthetic qualities and the infinite possibilities offered by Alcantara, a material that can act as a canvas and portal to our virtual experiences" explained Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg, founders of Space Popular.