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.

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Website of Overkill Festival

peer to space's new online exhibition

CLAIMING NEEDLES

Positions of Contemporary Embroidery Art

Curated by: Peggy Schoenegge and Darja Zub

Presented by: peer to space

Exhibition design byEmilie Gervais

With the online exhibition CLAIMING NEEDLES, peer to space explores definitions of embroidery art, its topics and materials. 54 international artists present their works in the exhibition, showcasing embroidery as an artistic tool from the contemporary perspective, revealing different approaches on embroidery as well as various topics such as gender, science, digitalization, urbanity, politics or social criticism that are dealt with and reflected by the medium. These approaches extend the critical realm of embroidery as an artistic tool.

Artists: Tanya Akhmetgalieva, Alma Alloro, Ana Teresa Barboza, Alexandra Baumgartner, Danielle Clough, Dave Cole, Liz Collins, Ruth Cuthand, Erika Diamond, Birgit Dieker, Jochen Flinzer, Gabriele Fulterer & Christine Scherrer, Anja Fussbach, Michelle Hamer, Sally Hewett, Barb Hunt, Aya Kakeda, Katika, Alexandra Knie, Dinah Kübeck, Jan Kuck, Rebecca Levi, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Roby Love, LoVid, Katrina Majkut, Niina Mantsinen, Jamie Martinez, Elisabeth Masé, Victoria May, Cat Mazza, Reija Meriläinen, Carol Milne, Julia Neuenhausen, Natasza Niedziolka, Shanell Papp, Anja Claudia Pentrop, Cordula Prieser, Anna Ray, Karolin Reichardt, Fiene Scharp, Noora Schroderus, Kathryn Shinko, Annegret Soltau, Laura Splan, Jonny Star, Marion Strunk, Anna Talens, Marianne Thoermer, Kata Unger, Sanni Weckmann, Shea Wilkinson, Jessica Wohl

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Kate Durbin's Unfriend Me Now!

SCREENING and ARTIST TALK with Kate Durbin, Los Angeles-based artist and writer.
Kate Durbin's new film Unfriend Me Now! is an exorcism of the rhetorical wars on Facebook over Donald Trump's election in the US. Using the figure of the clown and the white box of the Facebook timeline, Unfriend Me Now! explores the co-option of rage by corporate interests, and the ways we communicate our political views online in the 21st century. After the film screening, Kate Durbin will be in conversation with Berlin-based curator Tina Sauerlaender (peer to space)

August 20, 2018, 7.30 pm at OMO Artspace, Hertzbergstr. 14, 12055 Berlin

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August And Everything After

Peer to space's founder Tina Sauerlaender curated the August exhibition August And Everything After for the ACTIVATAR App featuring works by Bianca Kennedy, Faith Holland and Tamiko Thiel. Download the App or check out activatar.org.

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

 

 

peer to space’s curator Peggy Schoenegge at A MAZE Festival

Peggy Schoenegge will be part of this year’s jury for the A MAZE AWARD together with Sarah Northway (CA), Robert Yang (US); Jack King-Spooner (UK), and Leena Kejriwal (IN) and participates in the panelDigital Exhibits and the 2nd Spring of Virtual Art Spaces“ moderated by Torsten Wiedemann on Friday, April 27th, 11 to 12 am.

A MAZE. 7th International Games and Playful Media Festival

April 25th to April 29th at Urban Spree, Revaler Straße 99 10245 Berlin

A MAZE. is an international festival focusing on the art and culture of games and playful media. It invites the general public to experience inspiring talks, workshops, music, and an exhibition.

Further information and program

 

 

peer to space at DIGIFEST in Toronto

Install view: Li Alin, Enter Me Tonight, House of Electronic Arts Basel, 2017 / Photo by Franz Wamhof

Install view: Li Alin, Enter Me Tonight, House of Electronic Arts Basel, 2017 / Photo by Franz Wamhof

VR projects at Digifest:

H.E.A.R.T. by Erin Gee and Alex M. Lee
Enter Me Tonight by Li Alin

Presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto
Curated by Tina Sauerländer (Berlin) and Erandy Vergara (Montreal)

At the invitation of the Goethe-Institut curators Tina Sauerländer and Erandy Vergara have selected VR works for this year’s Toronto Digifest, including two recent pieces by Berlin-based Canadian artist Li Alin and Montreal-based artist Erin Gee in collaboration with South Korean-born, US-based artist Alex M. Lee. The artists use humor and irony to engage in controversial topics: emotions in first-person shooter video games and war in the case of Gee, and a futuristic exploration on human reproduction in technology-oriented times in the case of Alin.

Further information here / Tina Sauerlaender on the Goethe Blog.

peer to space at YAMI-ICHI at HeK Basel

At the internet black market (flea market) YAMI-ICHI peer to space presents manufactured goods
by the Berlin-based artists:
Li Alin, Katharina Arndt, Alma Alloro, Jonas Blume, Ornella Fieres and Tanja Selzer
April 22nd, 2017, 2 - 4.30 pm
HeK - House of Electronic Arts Basel
, Switzerland
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Image: HeK Basel

OUR CITIES SURROUNDED

peer to space's new online exhibition
On: www.newhive.com/peertospace/ourcitiessurrounded
Curators: Carlotta Meyer and Tina Sauerländer

The online exhibition OUR CITIES SURROUNDED reveals residential areas around the globe—from America to Asia, Europe to Africa or the Middle East. 42 artists from 21 countries photographed in 19 states both home and abroad to give an insight into global human living conditions and their specific local history. OUR CITIES SURROUNDED follows peer to space's IRL group exhibition Sometimes You See Your City Differently. This online exhibition now extends the original concept in terms of diversity and scale, facilitating the inclusion of many more artists as well as infinite access thanks to the Internet.

Participating Artists: Taysir Batniji, Bogdan Andrei Boreianu, Malte Brandenburg, Hannah Darabi, Marlon de Azambuja, Donato del Giudice, Lorena Endara, Gerrit Engel, Katharina Fitz, Faten Gaddes, Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Florian Generotzky, Otto Hainzl, Robert Harding Pittman, Matthias Hoch, Jordi Huisman, Rohan Hutchinson, Nicu Ilfoveanu, Gerry Johansson, Urte Kaunas, Yasutaka Kojima, Dillon Marsh, Bernhard Moosbauer, Huma Mulji, Mame-Diarra Niang, Hirohito Nomoto, Hildegard Ochse, Yu Ogata & Ichiro Ogata Ono, Mikula Platz, Gabriele Rossi, Katharina Roters, Jörg Rubbert, Eli Singalovski, Silvia Sinha, Rainer Sioda, Jan Vranovsky, Sinta Werner, Michael Wolf, Yoshie Atsushi, Kyler Zeleny, Harf Zimmermann

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

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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