Staphyloculus (or the paradox of site specificity of virtual realities), 2017

VR experience for HTC Vive

A Virtual Reality experience that attempts to recreate the first known outbreak of Polywobbly Fervenitis. The experience is based on live footage found on the site in Joshua Tree, California, that depicts the artist getting infected while attempting to setup a complete VR rig under scorching sunlight.

by Theo Triantafyllidis

Sound Design: Holly Waxwing

On Site team: Jenny Rodenhouse, Eli Joveta, Lander

Additional Photogrammetry: Régis Boissenin

Commissioned by NRW-Forum Dusseldorf, Germany




Theo Triantafyllidis (b. 1988) is an artist and architect from Greece. He got his MFA from UCLA, Design | Media Arts by presenting a guide called “how to everything” as his thesis, under scholarships by UCLA and the Onassis Foundation. Earlier, he got his diploma of architecture from the National Technical University of Athens. Humor, lush visuals and gaming tropes provide an entry point to his work. Computer simulations, improvisations and failures, awkward interactions and precarious physics are employed to produce visual gags. By manipulating emerging technologies, he is searching for their potential emotional impact and the designated limits of their use, often trying to break them. Webpages, virtual and augmented reality, games and interactive installations are his mediums of choice for this.

At the point of their climax, his pieces often become overwhelming, exaggerated or outrageous, trying to expose the audience to the underlying themes that inform his practice. These are strongly related to internet culture and include isolation, sexuality, violence, addiction and fear of missing out. Together with a general overflow of information and its nonsensical nature, this is the part of the internet that he considers the context for his work. He has shown work in museums, including the Hammer Museum in LA and NRW Forum, in Dusseldorf, DE and various galleries such as Sargent’s Daughters, Young Projects, New Wight and Intelligentsia Gallery in North America, Europe and Asia. He was also part of Hyper Pavilion in the 2017 Venice Biennale. Theo Triantafyllidis is based in LA.

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