Speculative Cultures: A Virtual Reality Exhibition

February 7 – April 14 2019
Parsons, The New School, New York

Yu Hong

Curated by Tina Sauerlaender, Peggy Schoenegge, and Erandy Vergara, the exhibition reflects on how the new tools of the digital age offer new possibilities for cultures to exist, evolve, and consolidate. Virtual Reality allows artists to speculate about new manifestations of cultural expressions within the conditions of the digital realm. Independent of physical surroundings, new spaces spring into existence

The artists in this exhibition engage with their personal experiences, memories, and cultural heritage in order to reflect on today’s social coexistence. Morehshin Allahyari reflects on post-colonialism by exploring meanings of myths of Middle-Eastern origin. Scott Benesiinaabandan creates a futuristic setting based on a story of the indigenous Anishinabe peoples. Matias Brunacci develops an interactive, technology-based shamanistic journey. Yu Hong refers back to Chinese history and her families’ life stories. Francois Knoetze combines present and future, as well as representations and fictional visions of South Africa. Erin Ko and Jamie Martinez create a journey to the afterlife inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

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