hic sunt dracones
../Site/times: sala Re Pubblica, Museo Madre. Napoli
../Matter and technique: Interacting installation in Virtual & Mixed Reality with ambisonic audio, realized with UNITY software system and visible through VR Wireless VIVE pro™ system.
DESCRIPTION: Project made possible by the support of the DGCC under the Italian Council
program, 4 th Edition, 2018.
Hic sunt dracones is an immersive interactive installation in virtual reality.
Hsd is the product of a long and complex research project carried out over several
years curated by Chiara Pirozzi and developer with the production house Recipient.
Hsd originates from an exploratory venture carried out by the artist and his team:
a sideways climb along the northern cliff of an island on a rocky coast that
geologically belongs to the African tectonic plate but politically to Europe.
“The name of the island has been excluded from all references in the work and from
all the texts that the book. It is the only piece of information that, in a work
that has its genesis in the progression of data, has been eliminated by necessity
in order to allow the artist to pursue his reflections, his poetics and his political
gesture along multiple geolocalizations.”
The exploratory action has been mapped with the aid of advanced digital technologies.
These have transformed it into an individual and unique route where up-to-date
Virtual Reality technologies blend with insights generated from themes such as the
manipulation of information and the ‘error’ as a gap between physical and altered
The result is a disconnect between present time and that of experience, as well
as a sensory distortion in hybrid and over-stimulated environments.
The strongly dematerialised nature of this installation, tries to redefine the
space of vision, models of use and narrative experiences through interaction with
the individual, the only tool that can activate the work.
The work transforms itself into a space where urgent issues such as the spectacularisation of the concept of the frontier and the impact of the digital technologies
underpinning big data on the biopolitical dimension of contemporary society can be researched.
The artist's book is an integral part of the work which, thanks to a hypertextual and stratified reading, expands to the research basin elaborated by the artist.
SOURCES AND DOCUMENTS:
../Videos: VR experience demo
../Information card [pdf]: hic sunt dracones.pdf
Hic sunt dracones [Postmediabooks, 2020 – ISBN 9788874902781]