Dennis Rudolph

The Portal, 2017

VR experience for HTC Vive

The Portal is a Virtual Reality installation that merges the baroque with the neon of the image culture. It takes you on a trip to a gateway between heaven and hell situated in California City, CA. In order to access the VR headset you have to step on an elevated platform out of glass. Underneath – referencing the Limbo in Dante’s Divine Comedy – 42 ceramic tiles bearing the photos of missing Californian children are placed. Being in the headset you are only half present yourself – you are in a state of in-between – at least for a spectator from the outside. The other side.

The Portal, 2017, glazed ceramic tiles, glass, wood, sand, VR headset, headphones, 5:16 min., music by Justin Ryan Polisky




Dennis Rudolph (*1979) is a Berlin based artist. He is the founder and co-chief of the project space STATE OF THE ART BERLIN. „Since even if Rudolph’s works – based on how they confront the medial nature of our reality and how they present their allegorical character in a fragmentary way – do not differ from other contemporary projects upon first view, his allegories are the expression of a mimetic symbolism that has become impossible, and which alludes to a ever-potential vestige of human negativity.“ – Philipp Kleinmichel

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