“Out-of-Body”, Kunsthalle Faust, Hanover, Germany 2020.

Pavilion O2 Hanover

A transnational pavilion to explore the common bio and cyber space of the future.

Duration of the exhibition: Friday, August 21 to Sunday, September 13, 2020
Vernissage: Thursday, August 20, 7 p.m.

Curators: Tomasz Wendland and Harro Schmidt

Out-of-Body by Florencia S.M. Brück

Out of Body Interactive Installation provides an immersive exploration of the self beyond the corporeal. This interactive installation vividly recreates the outlines of spectators, creating a form of digital “astral projection.” It offers participants a unique sensation — a disconnect between mind and body — stimulating the consciousness to feel detached from its physical vessel.

Harnessing the power of Kinect technology, the exhibit actively responds to human interaction. The motion sensors track the movements of the participants and recreate them in a mesmerizing dance of abstract lines on the digital screen. This visual feedback loop provides a tangible yet ethereal representation of one’s physical presence and actions.

The profound inspiration for this installation stems from a personal experience of its creator, Florencia. When she was only five years old, she had a near-death experience after drowning. This harrowing event has deeply influenced her work, giving birth to an artistic exploration of life, death, and the self — beautifully encapsulated in this installation.

The work is now available on SuperRare as an NFT: https://superrare.com/artwork-v2/out-of-body-34470, one of the world’s very first Generative Art NFT performances. With NFTs, we are able to crystallize unique performances, and own what otherwise would be intangible, Blockchain technology may propel performance art into a new age, as it has done in the visual art market. 

With the kind support of:
Lower Saxony Foundation, Cultural Office of the State Capital Hanover

Cooperation partners:
Zacheta National Art Gallery Warsaw, Mediations Biennale Poland, MOCA Taipei, Digital Art Center Taipei, Synthetic Mediart Biennale in Taipei, GAD (Giudecca Art District), Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia

The Kunstverein Kunsthalle Hannover, in cooperation with the Mediations Biennale Foundation Poznań, is initiating a project with Pavilion O2 Hanover in the sense of a transnational pavilion to explore the common bio and cyber space of the future. The project reflects current developments and confronts visitors with unconventional experiences in the run-up to the 7th Mediations Biennale Polska – “Event Horizon” 2021.

With 20 positions in Hanover, the project started at the Venice Biennale 2019 and continued in Opava 2020 once again expands its predominantly digital spectrum of multimedia works. From videos based on fractal geometry (Andreas Guskos, Arkadiusz Marcinkowski) to a 360 degree perspective of the North Pole (David Rodriguez Gimeno) to projects in the field of augmented and virtual reality (Filip Gajewski, Ya Lun Tao, Jakub Cikała) and a generative media work (Florencia Bruck, Javier Krasuk, Harro Schmidt in cooperation), visitors will be able to surf through an interactive universe on site and in cyberspace.

The Polish-Czech cooperation project Tensegrity (Marek Sibinský, Jakub Cikała, Dariusz Gajewski) uses around 50 painted balloons as an example to illustrate the universal law of the balance of forces. Even under corona conditions, visitors are able to playfully determine the positions of the objects in the room. Several German positions, some of which are outside (Hendryk Claussen), complement the exhibition with interactive multimedia and research projects.

As an interdisciplinary art and research project between the organic and the digital world, Pavilion O2 Hanover will expand into a virtual research laboratory in August and September 2020, which will be located and linked synchronously in three countries in 2021. The project is supplemented by art education formats such as guided tours and workshops under Corona conditions.

Participating artists:
Florencia Bruck (Argentina), Jakub Cikała (Poland), Hendryk Claussen (Germany), Ulrika Eller-Rüter (Germany), Vera Frese (Germany), Dariusz Gajewski (Poland), Filip Gajewski (Poland), David Rodriguez Gimeno (Spain), Liu Guangyun (Germany / China), Andreas Guskos (Poland), Wei-Ming Ho (Taiwan), Zbyněk Janáček (Czech Republic), Javier Krasuk (Argentina), Robert Makar (Slovakia), Arkadiusz Marcinkowski (Poland ), Marjam Oskoui (Germany), Maciej Osmycki (Poland), Marek Sibinský (Czech Republic), Jan-Peter ER Sonntag (Germany), Ya Lun Tao (Taiwan) and others

Notes on opening:
The maximum number of visitors in the Kunsthalle Faust is limited to 30 people at the same time. The distance regulation of at least 1.5 meters applies. As part of the infection protection regulations, visitors are required to wear protective mouth and nose protection.

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