Digital Realms: Possible bodies and territories in cryptoart
Curation & text by Julian Brangold
Featured artists: Frenetik Void, kytten janae, Aeforia, Milton Sanz, Alessio de Vecchi, Crypt0baby, Fede Bona, Okytomo, Osinachi, VXN, Oxeegeno, Giant Swan, Sven Eberwein, Quasimondo, Esteban Diacono, Jason Ebeyer, WintEagle, Victor Mosquera
Opening: January 8th, 3-5pm EST
Location: Decentraland SuperRare Museum of Art
The global pandemic has given rise to new dynamics in social and professional interactions that we once thought absurd. In only a few months, we have incorporated daily relationships and events that are mediated by screens and devices, and these new uses now feel almost natural. The body has been pushed to a new place of adaptation and sensitivity that has no precedent, and virtual territories have become our second home. We click, socialize, work, move, travel, have flat-surfaced birthdays, LED skin, a true metaverse holiday.
In this context, I’m beginning to wonder what happens to our perception of the body in the digital sphere as well as our representation of it. Since the Lascaux Caves 17,000 years ago, we have graphed the human body throughout art history with new media and ideas bringing forward a myriad of questions and dilemmas that seem very inherent and relevant to our daily lives. Our representational tools become more and more complex and with them, body and spatial relationships become more intricate and fascinating to navigate.
This exhibition is a curatorial experiment. It brings together 18 artists that work with digital bodies and territories as either topic or subject matter in digital media and cryptoart in order to help us think and feel how the hardcoded lines between our physical bodies and these new cyber realities are becoming more and more blurred. In this new world of virtual spaces and remote emotions, where do we stand in relation to this novel corporality?
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As digital technologies change the definition of what it means to be human, the relationship between physical presence, virtual identity and digital corporeality becomes more diffuse. The work of Frenetik Void unfolds in a science-fiction environment, a post-human universe inhabited by mutating beings, hybrids in which limits are vanished. The suspended bodies in liquid natures build scenes of surrealistic airs.
ʜɪ ɪ’ᴍ ᴋʏᴛ! ･ﾟ✧･ﾟ:* artist and director, born online with a polyphasic mind. kyt makes art with a sharp eye for emotive body langue and colorful, bubblegum palettes. her artistic vision is to capture deep universal feelings about the human condition *:･ﾟ✧･ﾟ Kyt is UCLA|𝘋𝘔𝘈 alum. She has shown work and performed visuals live internationally, including MoMA ps1 and LACMA, festivals like Coachella and Art Basel, and on [Adult Swim] for Rick and Morty, Off the Air, bumps, and pilots.
3D Illustrator and Art Director from Montreal, Canada. His work is all about colors, balance, and emotion. Blending surreal landscapes and digital portraiture, he has managed to craft a distinct style over the years and develop a keen eye for details, while focusing on the emotional impact.
I’m Milton Sanz, a freelance 3d artist based in Argentina!. Nowadays I’m working for the music industry in USA and Europe where my first task it’s to generate 3D videos. I’m an Illustrator, graphic designer and nowadays i’m taking courses related to 3D.
Alessio was born in Italy and graduated from Istituto Europeo di Design. After starting his career as an industrial designer in Milan, he moved to New York in 2006. He has been working as an art director and cg artist in New York, Milan, Tokyo with clients like Adidas, Ford, LG, H&M, Margiela. His creations have earned positive attention from Vogue, ID Magazine, The Creators Project among others. He’s currently residing in Tokyo, finalizing his debut short movie as a director.
Joaquina Salgado aka ‘Crypt0 Baby’ is a new media artist based in Buenos Aires specialized in 3D immersive experiences, XR/VR and live visuals. Her work is presented internationally at digital art events such as Mutek (Montréal and Buenos Aires), Mirage Festival (France)
Argentina – Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, argentina
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Hello, my name is Octavio, I am a visual artist from Argentina. I am in the last year of Sound and Image Desing at the University of Buenos Aires. In the university I always choose the most avant-garde professorship’s, the ones that were encouraged to new things. We tried new technologies. My career was always a constant try and I think that nowadays, all that practice, all those test, are defining my style. Something that I found… and I want to do.
Osinachi (born 24 October 1991) is a self-taught digital artist whose work explores personal experiences within a technological environment. Born and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Osinachi is Africa’s foremost cryptoartist. In 2018, he became the first-ever Nigerian artist to showcase artworks at the Ethereal Summit in New York. He was shortlisted for the Bridgeman Studio Award 2019.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Space distorts as human beings try to find a place to inhabit. The perception of geometry that surrounds it, is constantly building or deconstructing a different reality, where we are all trying to create our sense of place. Graphics, nature-inspired textures and futuristic worlds feature the work of Victoria Campobello; alias VXN. Abstract shapes of amorphous forms coexist in highly textured images that seem to blend into a three dimensional space.
I’m Dario Vilanova aka Oxeegeno, a freelance 3d artist based in Argentina!.
Virtual Reality artist, Sculptor, Experience and Art Director. Always working on the edge of my mediums, always pushing to elevate by creating. Recently exhibited in Melbourne, Shanghai and Miami
Works of the internet, by the internet, for the internet.
I’m an artist and a skeptic with a curious mind. My preferred tools are neural networks, code and algorithms. My interests are manifold and in constant evolution, involving artificial intelligence, generative and evolutionary art, glitch art, data classification or physical installations. If there is one common denominator it’s my desire to understand, question and subvert the inner workings of systems of any kind. I also have a deep interest in human perception and aesthetic theory.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Motion graphics designer and digital artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. interested in procedural character design, dynamic simulations, fun stuff and weird things in general. ONLY at diaconoesteban.eth
3D Artist and Art Director Jason Ebeyer is known globally for his glossy figures & sensual style of artwork. Blending elements of fashion & technology with hyper surreal alien-like plastic models, seemingly plucked from the dreams of the digital generation. He has received acclaim around the world for his works unique fusion of soft emotions & erotic ecstasy. Producing artwork for the likes of Vogue Italia, Universal Music, Warner Bros. Records, Nike, Cardi B, Troye Sivan & Nikita Dragun
Digital Guided imagery