I looked around for you, but I could only find myself, 2020
VR experience for WebVR (Mozilla Hubs)
Clones of the artist’s 3D-scanned face occupy the virtual space of one of the Atelier of Casa degli Artisti. Motionless and life-less, some lay on the floor, some float in the air. In addition to this sculptural intervention in the virtual space, audience can also teleport and explore another dimension with no architectural boundaries, in which these faces not only exist but constitute the environment to explore. When exploring both worlds, users have the option to also become part of the work itself by using the same face as their avatar. “I looked around for you, but I could only find myself” explores embodiment and rethinks how we identify and connect with ourselves. In a surreal situation in which one is surrounded by the same face and becomes one of them, a familiar stranger in a new identity that only arises in its plurality.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Martina Menegon (Italy, 1988) is an artist working with Interactive and Extended Reality Art. In her works, Martina creates intimate and complex assemblages of physical and virtual elements that explore the contemporary self and its synthetic corporeality. She experiments with the uncanny and the grotesque, the self and the body and the dialogue between the physical and the virtual realities, to create disorienting experiences that become perceivable despite their virtual nature.
Martina is a University Assistant and Lecturer at the department of Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where she teaches “Digital Design and Virtuality”. She is also teaching multimedia tools for interactive arts at the IUAV University in Venice (MA Digital Exhibit, BA Multimedia Arts) together with Klaus Obermaier and Stefano D’Alessio. In 2019 she co-directed :afk with Shahab Nedaei and curated a series of XR Art exhibitions in Vienna.
She is currently Head of Extended Reality and Curator at sound:frame, Area for Virtual Art and the CIVA Festival.
Martina Menegon currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
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