VR experience for Oculus QUEST 2
The idea behind creating this work takes after a traditional Buddhist practice: “Patikulamanasikara”, reflections on repulsiveness. What is coined as the “contemplation of impurity” is as conducting an anatomical dissection by intent of thought, the Buddhist disciple takes what makes up his own body, the organs, fluids and filling tissues as the object of his contemplation. With this practice, the disciple develops a feeling of abjection towards the body, breaking away from the preoccupation of the flesh. "Patikulamanasikara”, this interactive VR installation places the viewer’s point of view inside a “virtual body”, synchronously allowing the viewer to control this “virtual body” with a VR touch controllers through inverse kinematics. In this artwork, the viewer seems to temporary access this virtual body. However, following the passing of time, ultimately, the viewer loses the power to control this “virtual body”. The artwork sends the experience of the viewer to circulate between virtual scape, body, and perception. At the same time, the practice of Patikulamanasikara reflects a certain understanding of the body. The artwork explores the body under the viewpoint of cyborg and post-humanism, providing another way to think about how the body is constructed, even imagined.
VR Interactive Software Developer | Lin Hung
Sound Designer | Chen Lin-Shuang
Filmmaker | YUAN STUDIO Hsu Po-Yen
Special Thanks | Aymei, Chang Wen-Woan, Chang Yu-Cheng, Fan Chiao-Ssu, Liu Wen-Hao, Lu Wei, Ray He
Duration: 5mins, Roomscale
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in 1994, Tuan Mu is an artist and independent curator. As an artist, Mu’s work is based on cultural and philosophical dialectic within the context of East Asian culture. Through technological art and new media, he attempts to reinterpret bodily perception in relation with space and time. The mediums include XR, artificial intelligence, 3D animation, installation and ink wash painting. His works have been exhibited in Taipei, Zurich, Athens, Krakow, Prato, Beijing, Taizhou and Yamanashi. Mu has been shortlisted for the 7000×7000.tw project (co-organized by Digital Art Center and New Museum Rhizome), the 2nd ICIA (organized by Intermedia Krakow) and the 3rd TDCC Contemporary Arts Award. He also participated in FutuRetro – 18th Athens Digital Arts Festival (2022), and Spaceship Earth – 4th Asia Digital Art Exhibition (2022).
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