Activatar offers a new way to engage media art and artists through monthly exhibitions. All projects are playable and fully contained within the app. At the beginning of each month Activatar will host three new artist projects working with augmented reality, virtual reality, videos, audio based projects, video games and more.
Check back and update at the beginning of every month for new projects.
Artist included in the show:
The Urgency of Quiet, 2018
The Urgency of Quiet is an excerpt from a longer performance/video that mines the space between self and thought. The prevailing assumption that we are what we think dates back to Descartes and remains a source of inevitable suffering for many. Clinging tight to the ego results in existential pain. Breaking the link between self and thought—even if only through a shift in perspective—yields relief, liberating language from its role as a simple conveyor of ideas. Words then become raw material, the fodder for poetry. The Urgency of Quiet merges theatrical gestures with speedy editing to reveal the ebb and flow of meaning: one phrase might resonate loudly within one ear; another may trigger implicit or explicit memories; additional words perhaps go unheard. Consciousness or rather the stories we tell ourselves is fundamentally contextual.
Virtual Frontiers, 2016
Virtual Frontiers was created over two months on location in Grahamstown, South Africa. The work combines representations of the town's history, experiences of the present, and imaginings of the future. The VR films are a loosely-woven phamtasmagoria of interviews, candid footage, re-enactments, archival media, and improvised performance.
The films look at the town as a collision point: here, seven of South Africa’s nine biomes are found. Here, too, ocean and land became a site of convergence for sea creatures and plants 300 million years ago. And here, the first brutal clashing of the British invaders with the AmaXhosa in 1820; the forced assimilation and appropriation which ensued, and the continued violent legacy of colonialism in the ‘post-colonial’ era. Virtual Frontiers is an attempt to make sense of the effects and systems which organize the way people experience this space.
Item Display Booth, 2018
Item Display Booth is an augmented reality showroom for sculptural machines used for viewing virtual reality environments. In this virtual space, figures merge into machines, furniture, and body extensions in order to enter their own virtual worlds. The distinction between human and object is blurred by both the figures' lack of interaction with their external environment, as well as the ubiquitous unifying monochromatic textures pulled from my paintings, photos and drawings. Personal photos from Colombia and the Brazilian Amazon sit next to appropriated images from diverse sources on the internet, screen grabs of process-pieces, and symbols from my upcoming videogame. These various origins and histories blend together into abstract textures and patterns, the resulting aesthetic a sci-fi, modernist, gray-scale psychedelia. It is a space somewhere between the past, present and speculative future that deploys and deconstructs the socio-economic, racial, mythological and post human anatomies embedded in the structure of emerging technologies.
Ratings and Reviews
Art in your pocket
This app is the future of art exhibitions. It completely transforms the world outside and inside your phone in unexpectedly amazing ways. If you love art, phones, unicorns or the future, this app is for you.
Very excited to experience such a variety of AR projects on the intimate platform of my phone. I really appreciate the different levels of interactivity and gestures used to navigate these digital spaces. Super cool format for art and curation!
This app is amazing!! A friend sent it to me and I've never seen anything like it before. I held my NYC metrocard up to it and saw a 3D moving sculpture!! Apparently they have more artist and images coming soon :) love
- Christopher Manzione
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- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- © Christopher Manzione
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