Moving images have always come alive through illusion, which has reached a new peak in Virtual Reality. VR is the technical innovation of the past few years. But it’s more than just playing with bits and bytes to produce a quasi walk-through reality. Innovations make us re-think familiar concepts. This year we want to investigate exceptional forms of existential reality experiences in six not exclusively virtual projects.
Perception is made up of sensory impressions that can be imitated, deceived, manipulated, supplemented and embellished with the brightest colours. But human perception is not a constant; it’s individual and situational. Some mental diseases cause hallucinations that lead to distant worlds; others tie us to specific places. Virtual Reality makes both possible: travelling and staying with yourself.
What happens when you meet your virtual self on a lonely island? How does the loss of vision change your perception of the world? How does a newborn baby who experiences everything for the first time perceive his or her environment? What is collective perception and why does it tend to suppress historical events? There are always gaps in our perception anyway. It’s these gaps that DOK Neuland addresses in 2016.
Leipzig-based artist Paula Gehrmann has created a framework for the interactive works of this year's DOK Neuland. The exhibition design draws the visitors to each interactive work, allowing a concrete space to emerge despite the abstract and virtual nature of the media. Like an island in the heart of Leipzig's inner city, DOK Neuland becomes a border between public and virtual space.