Tony Oursler: Le Volcan, Poetics Tattoo & UFO
April 6 – June 1, 2019
Dep Art Gallery, Milan
Eight years after the extensive retrospective exhibition held at the PAC (Milan) titled Open Oscura, curated by Demetrio Paparoni and Gianni Mercurio, Tony Oursler returned to Milan with an exhibition at the Dep Art Gallery titled Le Volcan, Poetics Tattoo & UFO.
Once again curated by Paparoni, the exhibition by the American artist presented his most recent works: the Le Volcan 3D video (2015-2016), Spacemen R My Friended virtual reality (2016) and the video installation Lapsed C with photo luminescent screen Poetics Tattoo (1977-2017).
Never satisfied with traditional modes of production or presentation of the moving image, Oursler took three different approaches in this exhibition. The works presented at the Milanese gallery were ideated in such a way as to experiment the disorientating effects which technology has on people, something which is often to be found in Oursler’s works. Thanks to the help of special 3D visors the public was invited to immerse itself both in the virtual and psychoactive optical ‘settings’ and lurk among the characters created by the artist. In a suggestive staging in darkness constellated by the projections, the gallery was therefore “inhabited” by three-dimensional and virtual persons and places.