Voyage to the Virtual, an exhibition dedicated to digital, moving image, and light-based Nordic art, opens at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, in New York City, on Saturday, January 24, 2015.
Combining video, animation, light sculpture, and interactive media, the exhibition takes the metaphor of “the voyage” as a starting point for an exploration into the ways contemporary artists are expanding on the human perceptual experience. The exhibition presents artworks by ten contemporary artists from the Nordic region: Katja Aglert, Elina Brotherus, A K Dolven, Olafur Eliasson, Jette Gejl Kristensen and Peter Møller-Nielsen, Petra Lindholm, Ann Lislegaard, Per Platou, Jacob Tækker, and Anders Weberg.
The voyage evokes ancient journeys into foreign territories, arctic sea travels, expeditions across icecaps and to the far north, journeys into Nordic myth and worlds beyond our own. It encapsulates our curiosity about the unknown. In a contemporary context, the voyage is also a concept of mediation: between ordinary and uncanny, natural and artificial, rural and urban, real and virtual.
The exhibition is curated by Tanya Toft and organized by The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF).
January 24, 6 pm
PANEL AND ARTIST TALK
January 26, 6 pm
Voyage to the Virtual
Expanded Perception in Digital Art
VOYAGE TO THE VIRTUAL: PERSPECTIVES
This series of interviews with scholars, theorists, and artists—including Maurice Benayoun, Maeve Connolly, Bridget Crone, Annika Wik, Ulrik Schmidt, Marie-Luise Angerer, and Tanya Toft—discusses the perceptual journeys we embark on in aesthetic experience in contemporary art and digital culture.