Black Movement Project, 2019 II -copyright LaJuné McMillian

Synthesis Gallery Presents WALKTHROUGHS – A Further Look

With many of us still stuck home, Zoom taking over most of our social life and the art world going digital, we long to create a virtual ecosystem that keeps on feeding our creativity and frees us from tension and stress. Now more than ever, synthesis gallery says that it is important to stay connected, creative and get inspired. Walkthroughs is their response to the current challenging times: VR art live streamed through the artist’s eyes.

Black Movement Project, 2019 IV -copyright LaJuné McMillian

A weekly meetup happening safely online with curators joining the conversation and creatives that, in turn, put the headset on, share their screen and walk us through the VR work. The walkthroughs focus on providing an overview of the artist’s creative process and insights into the work as heard from the artists themselves, as they walk us through it.

Three weeks ago, after some soul searching on our part, we chose to forego our planned programming in solidarity with the civil unrest in America and Black Lives Matter. We have been so deeply shaken by these current events that we decided that it was inappropriate to engage in providing content that could potentially distract anyone from what was happening. Therefore, the planned walkthrough with Armin Keplinger was cancelled – instead, we broadcasted a black screen with a list of charities related to Black Lives Matter. As the protests unfolded everywhere in the world and grew in numbers exponentially, we have been thinking of meaningful ways to bring our small contribution to the cause. A few days ago, we had a chat over Instagram Live with Alda Boyd – a 21-year-old Nigerian-American artist with a creative background in technology whose art is centered around emotion, connectivity, racial representation and futurism. Over the next few weeks, we are excited to present ‘Black Movement Project’ and ‘Clarity’  by LaJuné McMillian along with the cancelled – yet once planned – walkthrough with Armin Keplinger.

ms_R 2019 II – copyright Armin Keplinger

PROGRAM
Live stream on Facebook (synthesis gallery)
June 26th, 6pm CEST
LaJuné McMillian in conversation with Marguerite Hemmings (performance artist and educator)
For Walkthroughs, LaJuné McMillian presents the ‘Black Movement Project’ and her latest interactive VR fatigue ‘Clarity’ . ‘Black Movement Project’ (BMP) is an online database of motion capture data from black performers and black character base models, currently underrepresented in available online databases. This library is used for various extended (virtual, augmented, mixed) reality projects, performances, games, and research purposes. BMP is a tool for activists, performers & artists to create diverse XR projects, a space to research how and why we move, and an archive of black existence. BMP incorporates a narrative component to be seen as both a live performance and Web VR docuseries, showing how black movement has been used as a tool for the preservation of black culture as well as a vehicle self-evolution. In ‘Clarity’ an anonymous, genderless, beautifully complex humanoid lives in organic symbiosis with his natural environment, moving gracefully within, creating boundless kinetic energy.

Clarity, 2019 – copyright LaJuné McMillian

July 6th, 6pm CEST
Armin Keplinger in conversation with George Vitale (Director – synthesis)
synthesis artist Armin Keplinger has, in his practice, consistently focused on the transitional moment of materials as they change state of aggregation to a solid, liquid, or aerial one. During recent years, Keplinger has increasingly concentrated his artistic practice on the intersection of the analogue with the virtual space, with special emphasis on Virtual Reality. For Walkthroughs, Keplinger presents ‘A/Bruteforce’ and ‘ms-R’. In the apocalyptic ‘A/Bruteforce’ (a work by the artist duo A/A – Andreas Greiner/Armin Keplinger), the viewer is slowly approached and engulfed by a black cloud of dust and detritus. ‘ms-R’ features a moon-sliced ring with zero latitude. As the ring moves slowly in a circle around the participant’s view with subtle light and movements, ‘ms-R’ aims to send the viewer on a journey to black-ended spaces.

Online events: June 26th – July 6th, 2020, 6pm CEST
Each event is live streamed on Facebook

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