An exhibition in Virtual Reality
conceived by Gloria Zein and Tobias Buckel
presented and produced by Galerie Sturm Nürnberg (2018)
Virtual Reality enhances our visual awareness although we loose the physical image of our body. As we leave our physical being – with its tactile and sensory perceptions – behind in corporeal reality, our bodily sensations are intensified, akin to a phantom-limb.
For this project, Gloria Zein’s sculptures (originally made of fired and partly glazed stoneware) have their dimensions and weights modified. Significantly enlarged, the forms are visually more plastic in the virtual space. One hovering sculpture becomes a vehicle into another simulation of the same room. When stepping into the sculpture, the visitor is transported to a different state of the former workshop. Here, a new form takes up the entire space, pushing the visitor towards the limits of virtual reality. This set up experiments with the experience of vulnerability within an intrinsically disembodied environment.
Tobias Buckel’s paper works have a sense of ‘wandering around’, noting thoughts, constructions and forms. In Cascading Loops, these images of feigned places extend into the simulated space. Small-scale drawings are used to create an expansive floor piece from which linear elements stretch towards the ceiling. Within this structure the paper works are presented floating, allowing the spectator to approach both their front and reverse side.
Both artists probe layers and the simultaneous nature of virtual existence. They are interested in how different spatial experiences overlap.