Patricia Detmering

APORIA, 2019

VR experience for Oculus Rift

APORIA is a virtual world consisting of a digital live simulation as well as paintings and sculptural objects that transcend the virtual and the real. This way APORIA negotiates the sociological processes of closed and open societies. Above all, „Crowds and Power“, a work of Elias Canetti has become a significant influence on the work. The behavioral dynamics analyzed in the book are transfered to 60 individuals with their very own artificial intelligence (AI). They inhabit the world of APORIA in the form of human avatars. Through complex algorithms, these AI‘s are able to explore their environment and decide on individual actions. A part of them is acting more close-minded and tends to build walls or to act according to a strong order principle. The other part tends to be open and moves more unlimited. All ‚subjects‘ meanwhile follow daily human routines until the moment when a ‚disturbance‘ in the form of a stranger appears - on which the inhabitants of the virtual world can react differently. Groups are formed, and leaders appointed. The dynamics coming into force now are the central topic of this work.


Programmer: Martin Pleiß


This VR experience is available as a 360 video version at the Radiance VR App:




Patricia Detmering is a passionate explorer of concepts which are so widely accepted that we never question them. She decontextualizes them to work out their essence. Her intention is to analyze and deconstruct our idea of that which we call reality. For that she has a varied working process consisting of analogue media and digital media. She is also interested in distracting from the artificial surface of digital media by using personal or valuable materials to manipulate the content. In doing this, she create an experience that weaves together the supposed disparate realms of reality and digital life.

This VR experience is available as a 360 video version at the Radiance VR App:


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