Image Technology Echoes, 2021
In a virtual museum room, the users of the VR artwork encounter an older man and a younger woman standing in front of a painting. Their physical appearances are distorted because they have been transferred into the digital space by means of a 3D scanning process. They are looking at a seascape: a large expressionist canvas with a stormy ocean motif. They chat about the painting, but what they say is difficult to understand. We delve into their minds and witness their personal perspectives on what they see, but their words are not of human origin. They are created by artificial intelligence. With Image Technology Echoes, Lauren Moffatt demonstrates that objects and people appear differently in a range of physical or virtual environments, which means that we perceive, classify, and understand them differently in each case. How we communicate with other beings depends on this, as the dialogues and monologues of the protagonists in virtual reality show so vividly.
(Text Tina Sauerländer)
By LAUREN MOFFATT
Produced by V-SENSE
Funded by SCIENCE FOUNDATION OF IRELAND
Featuring MAEVE O’MAHONY and JONATHAN WHITE
Technical Director Volumetric Video Production MATTHEW MOYNIHAN
Technical Director Unity Integration NICO NONNE
Technical Support provided by RAFAEL PAGES, JAN ONDREJ, KONSTANTINOS AMPLIANITIS, PATRICK GEOGHEGAN, IMAN ZOLANVARI, ROGERIO DA SILVA, ALAN CUMMINS
Creative Support NÉILL O’DWYER
Dramaturgical Support NICHOLAS JOHNSON
Producer ALJOSA SMOLIC
Administrative Support GAIL WEADICK
Sculpture Asset adapted from "Current State" 2016, by LISA TIEMANN
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Lauren Moffatt is an Australian artist working with immersive environments and experimental narrative practices. Her works, often presented in hybrid and iterative forms, explore the paradoxical subjectivity of connected bodies and the indistinct boundaries between digital and organic life. In 2021 she was awarded the DKB VR Art Prize (DE). Lauren completed her studies in painting, in theory and practice of new media art and in audiovisual creation at the College of Fine Arts (AU), Université Paris VIII (FR), and at Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains (FR) respectively. Lauren's works have been exhibited most recently at Les Rencontres d’Arles (FR) Haus am Lützowplatz (DE), Le Grand Palais Ephémère (FR), La Gaïté Lyrique (FR), SXSW (US), UNSW Galleries (AU), Daegu Art Museum (KOR), SAVVY Contemporary (DE), FACT Liverpool (UK), ZKM (DE), Q21 Freiraum (AT) and at Hartware MedienkunstVerein (DE). She lives and works in Berlin and Valencia.
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