Diver - interactive installation for virtual reality head-mounted display

Diver presents multiple subjective points of view captured by the body of an Olympic diver, executing different types of dives. This interactive installation is presented using a virtual reality head-mounted display apparatus that integrates the aesthetic choices of the user. The visual, audio and biometric data, collected by positioning and tracking technologies, from the diver’s body, constitute the separate components of his action, the basic material of the work. By moving about, the user modifies the simultaneously-transmitted viewpoints, transforms and recombines them in various layers, creating relationships between the recorded space, the media-created space and the real space. The diver’s generic athletic body is made accessible to the “normal body” of the exhibition visitor, who become co-author of the work via his physical involvement. Reflecting the tension between high-performance and its representation, the organic, the mechanical and the digital, and the centralization of control and its apportionment, an inextricable post-human machine is orchestrated and re-embodied.

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Concept and artistic direction: Martin Kusch / Image Capture: Johannes Hucek, Martin Kusch, Thomas Hochwallner / VR Media environment: Martin Kusch, Patrik Lechner, assistance Johannes Hucek / Programming: Patrick Lechner / Sound: Alexandre St-Onge / Divers: Adrià Garcia Closa, Judith Flores

Co-production:
Digital Synesthesia Group, Germany/Austria/Hong Kong

With the support of:
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts

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2019

Animafest, Grič Tunnel,
Zagreb, HR

XIII Havana Biennale, Ludwig
Foundation, Havana, CU

iX Symposium, Society for Arts
and Technology, Montreal, CA

2018

#fuckreality exhibition, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich,
Vienna Art Wekk 2018, Vienna, AT