Ludic Method Soirée. An artivist research lectures series in playful formats.

Eva Fischer & Martina Menegon. Social Distancing – Virtual Bonding.
Case study CIVA: Curating as play in Hybrid spaces?

18 May, 2021, 19:00 h, via Zoom

hosted by Prof. Margarete Jahrmann, artistic research PhD program, Zentrum Fokus Forschung, University of Applied Arts Vienna

The theory and practice of artistic research are concerned with specific ways to approach art, society, cultures and epistemic things – in short Ludic objects! Their objectives are presented in playful formats and/or discuss such approaches of making things public.

In the course of the Ludic Soiree, the two CIVA curators Eva Fischer and Martina Menegon present artistic research questioning whether and how current technologies enable us to remain virtually connected to each other in times of physical distancing, or whether it is possible to build new international networks and communities with these technologies. The works presented will be focusing on contemporary ways of exhibiting and performing in the virtual, taking up elements of their actual multicultural approach in a participatory festival format in times of regulations of public spaces… but also in the potential of a social bonding as new and positive experience!

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Eva Fischer is an independent curator, cultural manager and lecturer in the field of audiovisual and immersive art, experimental media and XR.  She is currently directing the CIVA Festival – Contemporary Immersive Virtual Art. In 2020 she founded the “Area for Virtual Art” a platform for immersive experiences and get-togethers (A collaboration of sound:frame and Pausanio).

Eva studied art history and cultural management in Graz, Utrecht (NL) and Vienna. In 2007 she initiated sound:frame, that started as the Viennese festival for audiovisual art and since 2016 has been a strong platform for immersive art. From 2016 – 2019 she directed the production of the Diagonale in Graz. 2018 – 2020 she was active as co-organizer of the XR Vienna meetups.

Martina Menegon is an artist working with Interactive and Extended Reality Art. In her works, Martina creates intimate and complex assemblages of physical and virtual elements that explore the contemporary self and its synthetic corporeality. She experiments with the uncanny and the grotesque, the self and the body and the dialogue between the physical and the virtual realities, to create disorienting experiences that become perceivable despite their virtual nature. She is currently Head of Extended Reality and Curator at the “Area for Virtual Art” a platform for immersive experiences and get-togethers founded by sound:frame and Pausanio. 
In their current project CIVA Festival, Vienna’s new media art festival (hosted by the platform sound:frame) they aim to show the potential of artistic approaches in interaction with science, technology and sociopolitical issues. At the core of the festival is the desire to build a strong network, to be a well-functioning platform for a growing international community, and to create joyful, low-threshold access for visitors of all backgrounds. ,


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