Erin Ko & Jamie Martinez
The Neo Kingdom (CH I), 2018
VR experience for Oculus Rift
The Neo Kingdom is an exploration of mortality through Virtual Reality. Inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Ko and Martinez train their audience for the challenging journey to the afterlife. In this simulation, the viewer travels through the underworld with a special codex that leads to the God Anubis.
In Egyptian ancient times, only royalty received a codex which prepared them to navigate through the underworld leading to the afterlife. The codexes were personalized hieroglyphic codes written by the highest priests for the Pharaohs of Egypt. Now everyone can see and experience the journey through the underworld. See you in the afterlife!
VR simulation, 1:50 seconds
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Erin Ko is a visual artist from New York. She combines traditional art making methods with new media tools to address our complicated love/hate relationship with technology. She is classically trained and has worked in video games and new media. She is the co-founder of Hutong Games. Ko’s interactive art plays with Mediated Reality, Collective Consciousness and Layered Experiences. Voyeurs are invited to engage via their smart-phones or more traditionally (with their eyes); their experience altered by the amount of technology they’ve invited into their lives.
Jamie Martinez’s process involves constructing, deconstructing and fragmenting images, data, and information geometrically into triangulated segments. His work has been featured in multiple outlets like a half hour personal TV interview with NTN24, Good Day New York (TV interview), Fox news (TV interview), The Observer, Whitewall Magazine, CNN, New York Magazine, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Untitled Magazine, Bedford + Bowery, Whitehot Magazine, Decompoz Magazine (print) and many more. Martinez has shown in Russia, Spain, Canada, Miami, California and numerous galleries in New York City including Petzel Gallery, Whitebox NY, The Gabarron Foundation, Flowers Gallery, Elga Wimmer PCC, Foley Gallery, Rush Gallery, Galerie Protégé, Untitled Space and many more. He also participated in a group show curated by Vida Sabbaghi at the Queens Museum which was very well received by the museum and the press.
If you are interested in exhibiting or viewing this artistic VR experience, please send an email to us.