Virtual Reality, Variable Relations, Valid Readings (Presentation of the methodology developed for the international cooperation project Beyond Matter)
The practice-based international cooperation project Beyond Matter aims to reflect on a current condition in art production and more importantly mediation in museum contexts that can be described as virtual.
In this context the technical term “virtual reality” should be de- and reconstructed to elaborate a terminology for the virtual condition. Donna Haraway played a word game with the abbreviation SF that generally stands for science fiction, and added terms such as Speculative Fabulation, or String Figures. VR is a similarly versatile abbreviation and could stand for a variety of other terms: Virtual Reality, Variable Relations, Valid Readings, Vertical Radiation, Vaporous Restoration, Visible Revision, and so on…
Such de-, and reconstruction of a known term shall lead to new approaches describing novel practices in the mediation of art that are entangled with information technology.
Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás is a curator and researcher. She has curated exhibitions at institutions of contemporary and media art worldwide since 2006, including at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), Tallinna Kunstihoone, Műcsarnok Budapest, focusing on the constantly changing media of contemporary art and intersections with various disciplines. As of 2019 she has started a research in curatorial studies on the
“virtual condition” and its implications in the exhibition space at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, and as acting head of the international collaboration project entitled BEYOND MATTER at ZKM | Karlsruhe, which she initiated and in which institutions such as Centre Pompidou Paris, Aalto University, and others participate.