on the other hand, 2020
VR experience for WebVR (Mozilla Hubs)
“on the other hand” is a virtual space filled with hands. They are suspended, in unnatural gestures and with unnatural scales. Due to their low-fi quality and their eerie poses, they can be perceived as abstract shapes, as landscape that can be navigated and explored. The origin of these hands is Menegon’s VR experience “keep in touch”, a moment in time was frozen and exported in hubs for everyone to access and explore. As VR headset in public spaces can’t be considered safe in current times, “keep in touch” is not an option but “on the other hand” is.
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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