Daryna Fes

Humans, 2019

VR experience for HTC Vive

The viewer is invited to enter the VR – a dark room with human figures, staying close one to another, whispering; some of them may react when you are near them. They appear alien and human at the same time. If you are not careful and accidently touch someone, he will disappear. The idea of the project is merging of the virtual and real. Although it doesn’t sound like something quite new, but what really does it mean – whether our reality converts into the virtual space or vice versa, virtual becomes more and more similar to real? In the beginning digital means were perceived as auxiliary, aimed to simplify everyday life. But over time they’ve become a new (essential?) part of it. Our communication, knowledge, experience, emotions – all of these constantly passes through the digital universe. We’ve created a whole new world, in which we are getting lost more and more often. From other site, technologies are intellectual achievement and development of mankind. We have succeeded not only to create machines that surpass man by speed and power, but they start to acquire characteristics that were originally considered to be exclusively human. This step opens new opportunities, but also frightens us with new questions and responsibilities about the place of this new organism among the human world. From what moment will the difference between such an artificial mechanism and a person become small enough, so one can be taken for another?

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Daryna Fes (1992) is an independent artist working primarily with interactive VR. She is interested in discovering a potential of the technology as a separate form of art. Main themes of her projects are differences and similarities between physical and digital worlds, ways of transition from one world to another and our [un]awareness of it, concepts of infiniteness and limits, perception of the human body and emotions. She is using game engines (Unity and UE4) to program environments that react to viewer’s presence. Models and sounds in her works are usually generated or downloaded from the internet. Daryna resides in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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