THIS COULD BE YOU – Disembodiment in Virtual Reality Art

THIS COULD BE YOU – Disembodiment in Virtual Reality Art

With: Claire Hentschker (US), Jessy Jetpacks (ARE/ UK), Martina Menegon (IT/AUT), Zeesy Powers (US)

Curated by: Peggy Schoenegge (peer to space)

At: Overkill Festival, The Netherlands

From: November 23rd to 25th, 2018

Today we communicate via several digital applications, and present our identity on the Internet. Social VR enables us to meet our friends’ avatars in a virtual space independently from our body’s actual place. Thus being evocative of the plot of the Sci-Fi movie Matrix (1999), in which the physical body stays in a bunk while the consciousness acts in a virtual place.

  Martina Menegon, All Around Me Are Familiar Faces, artistic VR experience, still, 2018

Martina Menegon, All Around Me Are Familiar Faces, artistic VR experience, still, 2018

In 1991, Hans Moravec wrote in his essay The Universal Robot that the human body is disused and won’t be necessary in our future anymore. He said it would be possible to download one’s consciousness to a computer. By transferring the mind to a technological medium the body would becomes insignificant. As a result human beings would not be embodied and their existence would not depend on biological mortality anymore. Consequently human beings would become immortal.

With recent technological progress Moravec’s idea no longer seems completely absurd. Virtual Reality (VR) as a technological and artistic medium enables users to experience disembodiment. The exhibition THIS COULD BE YOU. Disembodiment in Virtual Reality is dedicated to the feeling of incorporeality. The title refers to Zeesy Powers’ eponymous VR artwork, in which the user inhabits the body of an old woman. Over the course of time the body of the old woman becomes the body of the user. Entering a virtual world allow users to immerse themselves in a completely different place without a physical body. There, users can be everyone and everything. Feeling present in the virtual space, makes them forget about their bodies in reality.

VR experiences implicate future living scenarios but also reflect the current state of our society and its relation to technology. Claire Hentschker shows a deserted world without any humans. While reflecting the presence, her work gives an impression of what a disembodied future of formerly inhabited places could look like. Jessy Jetpacks plays with the re-embodiment in the virtual room and questions wether our bodies have a memory and if such an experience has consequences. Martina Menegon and Zeesy Powers also confront the users with bodies that are not theirs. While Menegon provides her 3D scanned face as a mask-like object, the users interact with; Powers mirrors the user as a 90 years old woman. By doing so, they create a vision of what life with an immaterial body could be like and what it might or might not feel like.

THIS COULD BE YOU. Disembodiment in Virtual Reality is part of the Overkill Festival 2018 in Enschede (NL). The festival regroups art, games, movies and performances and opens a new discourse.

The artistic VR experiences are presented in cooperation with Radiance VR.

Link to the Facebook Event

Website of Overkill Festival

PENDORAN VINCI. Art and Artificial Intelligence Today

peer to space's team curates a show on art and artificial intelligence today. The AI on neuronaming.net randomly generated the exhibition title PENDORAN VINCI. It evokes Leonardo Da Vinci, the Renaissance painter remembered as a homo universalis, a polymath, and an omniscient sage. In our globally networked society, all knowledge is turned into electronic data and assembled online. Who takes the mastermind's place today? AI generates, structures, and customizes big data. With AI, did we open Pendoran’s, er…, Pandora’s box?

 Faith Holland, Hello Barbie, video and interactive installation, 2018 © the artist

Faith Holland, Hello Barbie, video and interactive installation, 2018 © the artist

Artists: Nora Al-Badri & Jan Nikolai Nelles (DE), Jonas Blume (DE) Justine Emard (FR), Carla Gannis (US), Sofian Audry and Erin Gee (CAN), Liat Grayver (ISR/DE), Faith Holland (US), Tuomas A. Laitinen (FI), and William Latham (UK)

Initiated and hosted by Leoni Spiekermann (ARTGATE Consulting)
Duration: June 9, 2018 - August 19, 2018
At NRW Forum Düsseldorf,  Ehrenhof 2, 40479 Düsseldorf, Germany

 

 

UNCANNY CONDITIONS - A Virtual Reality Exhibition

Artists: Salome Asega & Reese Donohue & Tongkwai Lulin (US), Geoffrey Lillemon (FR), Martina Menegon (IT/AT), Jakob Kudsk Steensen (DK/US)

Curated by: Tina Sauerländer and Peggy Schoenegge

Exhibition at whiteBOX, Atelierstraße 1, 81671 Munich, Germany // For FNY Festival, Werksviertel, Munich, Germany // Opening: September 1 // Duration: September 1–10, 2017

The VR exhibition UNCANNY CONDITIONS delves into the challenges of human living in the digital age reflected in four artistic virtual reality experiences. Uncanny means strange or mysterious and refers to something beyond the ordinary or normal. The term Uncanny Valley refers to robots or avatars designed as humanoids. They appear almost, but never exactly, human and evoke an uncanny irritation for the viewer, a lack of authenticity. In this sense, uncanniness could also refer to digitally created imagery almost indistinguishable from reality. All these meanings occur in the virtual reality exhibition UNCANNY CONDITIONS.

RESET III and VIRTUAL REALITY

Opening & Artist Talk: September 8, 2017, 6 pm (Artist Talk at 5 pm)

At: PRISKA PASQUER, Albertusstr. 18, 50667 Cologne, Germany

Artists: Gazira Babeli (IT), Friedemann Banz & Giulia Bowinkel (DE), Dominik Halmer (DE), Carla Mercedes Hihn (ROU/DE), Claudia Larcher (AUT), Patrick Lichty (US/UAE), Judith Sönnicken (DE), The Swan Collective (DE), Tamiko Thiel (JP/DE), Fiona Valentine Thomann (FR/DE) & Alfredo Salazar-Caro’s (MEX/US) and William Robertson’s (US) Digital Museum of Digital Art with the exhibition Morphé Presence curated by Helena Acosta (US) and Eileen Isagon Skyers (PH/US), with works by Rosa Menkman (NL/DE), Brenna Murphy (US), Theo Triantafyllidis (GR/US), Miyö Van Stenis (VEN/FR)

Curated by Tina Sauerländer (peer to space)

  Gazira Babeli,  Nudes Descending a Staircase - Monument to Marcel Duchamp , scripted environment, March 2007, © the artist, courtesy of the artist and PRISKA PASQUER, Cologne

Gazira Babeli, Nudes Descending a Staircase - Monument to Marcel Duchamp, scripted environment, March 2007, © the artist, courtesy of the artist and PRISKA PASQUER, Cologne

The exhibition RESET III and VIRTUAL REALITY illuminates the artistic exploration of virtual spaces against the background of the digital age. How do artists create virtual spaces? How do they compare to real environments? How does VR affect the body and perception? The RESET exhibition series initiated by | PRISKA PASQUER | deals with the development of art in the digital age in different artistic media. It examines how artists react to the challenges and possibilities of digital transformation.

More information here.

LAYERED LANDSCAPES in Düsseldorf

Mark Dorf_Emergent_#7, 2014.jpg

peer to space's next group show:

LAYERED LANDSCAPES

Artists: Mark Dorf (US), Alexandra Gorczynski (US), Joe Hamilton (AUS), Han Bing (CHN), Michelle Jezierski (DE), Daecheon Lee (KOR/DE)
Curated by: Tina Sauerländer
Location: Philine Cremer Gallery, Ackerstr. 23, 40233 Düsseldorf
Opening & Artist Talk: September 2, 2016, 6 p.m.
With Mark Dorf, Michelle Jezierski, Daecheon Lee and curator Tina Sauerländer
Duration: September 2 until October 21, 2016

More information

Image: Mark Dorf, Emergent #7, Archival Pigment Print, 76,2 x 60,96 cm, from the series Emergence, 2014



 

peer to space's first exhibition in Israel

  Hirohito Nomoto, Facade 11, 2011

Hirohito Nomoto, Facade 11, 2011

SOMETIMES YOU SEE YOUR CITY DIFFERENTLY

Works by: Diana Artus (DE), Hirohito Nomoto (JP), Pola Sieverding (DE), Eli Singalovski (IL)

Curated by Tina Sauerländer, peer to space

Opening May 26, 2016

Exhibition from May 26 until July 9, 2016 

At FEINBERG PROJECTS, 3 Hamif’al St., 66535 Tel Aviv, Israel

MORE HERE

BEYOND selected by Tina Sauerländer

  Line Gulsett, It's out of your hands, 2015

Line Gulsett, It's out of your hands, 2015

Organized by: I Amsterdam You Berlin | Contemporary art from Amsterdam and Berlin

At: St. Johannes Evangelist Kirche, Auguststraße 90, 10117 Berlin

Friday April 29, 2016, noon-10pm, Saturday April 30. 2016, noon-8pm, Sunday May 1, 2016, noon-7pm

Exhibition BEYOND

Participating Artists – selected by Tina Sauerländer:

Raquel Maulwurf (Livingstone gallery, The Hague), Nicole Ahland (Wichtendahl Gallery, Berlin), CianYu Bai (Gallery AdK Actuele Arts Amsterdam), Line Gulsett (TORCH gallery, Amsterdam), Silvia Aditi Levenson(@lorch + seidel contemporary, Berlin), Grigori Dor (janinebeangallery, Berlin),Eva Schwab (Petra Rietz Salon Galerie, Berlin), herman de vries (Wit Gallery, Amsterdam), Luca Grimaldi (Rutger Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam), Madeleine Altmann (Petra Rietz Salon Gallery, Berlin), Johannes Regin (Inga Kondeyne Gallery, Berlin), Anne Forest (Bart Gallery, Amsterdam), Jörg Klaus (Galerie Carsten Seifert, Berlin)

More info on: www.iamsterdamyouberlin.com

Group exhibition: WHEN THE CAT'S AWAY, ABSTRACTION

WHEN THE CAT'S AWAY, ABSTRACTION

Works by: Juliette Bonneviot, Manuel Fernández, Philip Hausmeier, Vince Mckelvie, Cecilia Salama

Curated by: Tina Sauerländer

Duration: April 23 – June 4, 2016

At: Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Potsdamer Str 98a, Berlin, Germany

Documentation of the exhibition here.

 

 

  Vince Mckelvie,  Site Specific Augmentations , 2016, Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin

Vince Mckelvie, Site Specific Augmentations, 2016, Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin