Daniel Hengst. Blooming Love, 2021. Werkleitz Festival Salle / Germany. Photo: Falk Wenzel.
The Blooming Love exhibition by the German artist Daniel Hengst is open anew in "green regime" at the RIXC Gallery this week, tomorrow, November 17, and next week from Monday to Saturday, November 22-27, each day from 12:00 to 18:00.
The room is flooded with pink light. Still images of digital plants are being displayed in the rhythm of the breath of a female person. Then we see a photo of a plant at its original location. The room itself is already somewhat reminiscent of a greenhouse, due to the light color and the type of lamps on the ceiling.
The VR is best experienced sitting on a swivel chair. The virtual experience starts also in digital pink light. Like a sight barrier, we can’t see into the distance of the virtual bogland but we focus on the plants ‘growing’ nearby and their constellation among themselves. The gaze is thus concentrated on the morphology of the plants. Slowly the visitor is moved through the virtual environment and after a minute the light changes to real-looking daylight.
Daniel Hengst. Blooming Love, 2021. Excerpt of the VR environment.
The hostile disregard for the visitor’s virtual body, as well as the absence of further interactivity with this world, distills the visitor’s experience to a disembodied gaze. A presence in absence. Proximity without touch. It is a virtual nature, which we will perhaps have to experience in this manner to gradually bid farewell to the habitat of these plants – in the name of passionate love for them.
Daniel Hengst (*1981 in Leipzig/Germany) is a Berlin-based media artist & his artworks are often developed and presented in the framework of the performance arts. Since 2015, works in virtual reality, video and sound installations, sound performances, artistic research projects, and web projects have been created. The works deal with the society-changing potential of technologies or/and taking non-human subjects into account.
The exhibition is open in the "green regime" – please show a vaccination certificate and passport or ID when visiting the exhibition.
The exhibition is on view at the RIXC Gallery, Lencu iela 2 until November 27. Visit the exhibition on November 17 and from Monday to Saturday, November 22-27, each day from 12:00 to 18:00.
Support: The State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, EU program Creative Europe program within the framework of the EMAP / EMARE project, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Goethe Institut in Riga.
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