Collective exhibition 'AUGMENTED WORLDS'

LABA Valencia – School of Art, Design and New Media

hosts the exhibition ‘Augmented Worlds’ with augmented reality works created with Instagram filters from international creators. An exhibition organized by MMMAD Festival, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Madrid.

The artists that are part of ‘AUGMENTED WORLDS’ are Alice Yuan Zhang, Aminurahim, Antonela Binaj, Copy Planet, Fiona Seow + Aw Boon Jun + Tan Yu Yan, Hugo Richel, Iris Qu, Isabel Zalami + Juliane Schlag, Jorge Pizarro, Kevin Kripper, Kushtrim Juniku, Luca Cacini + Letizia Artioli, Mohammad “Hafi”, Mona Birkas, Ran Bensimon, Robert Seidel + Nikolai von Sallwitz, Rosa Hirn, Tabitha Swanson, Tanya Liashenko and Tomás Picasso.

Collective exhibition ‘AUGMENTED WORLDS’
From November 3rd to 30th, 2021
Visiting hours (Monday to Friday): 10:00 – 13:30h and 15:00 – 18:30h.
(Please send an email to [email protected] to arrange a visit)

Alice Yuan Zhang is a first generation artist, educator, community weaver and migrant who currently lives and works in the ethnic land of the Tongva and Chumash peoples. It embraces socio-ecological entanglement in stratified realities through digital browsers and AR, as well as somatic exercises and porous exchanges. Her participatory research-based cuts across the interconnections of liberating grief, decolonial play, intergenerational time travel, and networked solidarity. Alice is the co-founder of the Virtual Attention Lab, an open set of people who learn to trust others in remote connections.

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Aminurahim is an Industrial Design graduate cum Graphic Designer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In early 2019, he ventured into augmented reality, once he was accepted and granted access to the Spark AR Creator closed BETA via Facebook. He won 2nd place in the category Group in India Spark AR Hackathon later that year. Throughout 2020, he started a series called the Quarantine Series, in which he produced 10 filters incorporating face reaction, body movement, and sound recognition, which can be found on his Instagram page. He has worked with various commercial brands and organizations such as Sephora Malaysia, Fridays For Future Berlin, and with international artists.

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Antonela Binaj is a new media artist working in different disciplines such as Computer Generated Images, 3D motion, illustration, light and stage design, and augmented reality.

After finishing her studies in Design and Fashion Engineering, the artist co-founded a new media company called “Kuju Studio” and continues to express her creativity in this sector. Lately, when the possibility of building Augmented Reality arose and due to the free time he had during the confinement, he began to develop AR effects as a way of expressing his imagination.

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Copy Planet is an ongoing virtual art project that creates an authentic experience in a virtual space. Elevates the idea of ​​virtual showrooms and virtual chats by combining the features of both.

The project was conceived by a group of individuals formed and led by artist Andy Wauman, along with technology wizard and game developer Jonathan Pugh and artist and curator James Ly, who is currently pursuing his PhD regarding curation and heritage conservation of virtual and augmented reality. And recently the artist and designer of audiovisual and tactile movements, Pablo Salafurka, has joined our team.

The project delves into the workings of the mind of artist Andy Wauman. An immersion in a poetic labyrinth represented as a multiverse of symbols considered sacred by the artist. He translates that poetic language into the virtual realm of the digital and the Internet. See how things fit together migrating from one world to another. Test the possibilities of an infinite and unknown realm; the adventure of a romance at the sea of ​​digital culture. The process of migration of symbols and signs through the duplication of one world to another symbolizes the passage of an artist from the real to the virtual and vice versa. 

In this virtual multiverse of Copy Planet, the artist allows the user / traveler to navigate as an avatar; witnessing the construction of this labyrinth within this virtual multiverse.

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Fiona Seow + Aw Boon Jun + Tan Yu Yan

Image designer Hugo Richel works to push the limits of digital technology through surrealism. A poet of 3D and design in movement, the French artist draws from his fascination for the mountains and the ocean the techniques to tame movement, and breathe life forms into his objects.

Passionate about science fiction, his creations include multiple references to the genre. Her fluid and organic style has seduced eclectic artists like Tkay Maidza for her covers or Aya Nakamura, who used her creations for her video clip “40%”.

Hugo Richel has also created visual campaigns for brands such as Balenciaga or Adidas. This transversal and multidisciplinary artist has just signed the new visual identity of the PEACOCK SOCIETY Festival and is in charge of the artistic direction of the next edition. In 2021 he founded his own design studio ONSHORE STUDIO.

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Iris Qu 曲 晓宇 (born 1993, China) is a Brooklyn, New York-based programmer, technologist, and artist working at the intersection of software engineering and new media art. His work examines the poetic, political, and speculative aspects of technology. She is currently working on a research project at Google to help people pursue their long-term interests. With code as the primary medium, she hopes to engage his audience in speculation of alternative futures.

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Isabel Zalami + Juliane Schlag

Jorge Pizarro is an architect graduated with honors from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He currently lives and works between Madrid and Mexico City.After working for several internationally recognized architecture firms, he establishes Ensalada Works, an office that seeks to explore new architectural fields, with a special interest in new ways of approaching our environments and contexts.He combines architectural practice with research and teaching, in institutions such as the Fragments Of platform, the ARCHIPRIX foundation, ENSA Grenoble or the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Architecture.In 2020 he started a new project called JA Office, where ihe develops speculative material and conceptual explorations, exploring the tangents between form, space, environment and technology, using parametric design, programming and augmented reality as a medium.

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Kevin Kripper (Buenos Aires, 1991) is a visual artist and freelance software developer. He has worked on projects that link art, technology, education and the creation of tools that have been exhibited and awarded in different art and science festivals. Since 2012 he has been dedicated to creating digital tools that expand the creative possibilities of artists around the world. His artistic work usually addresses themes that explore the notions of appropriation, authorship, technophobia, and media archeology.

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Kushtrim Juniku is a new media artist born in 1983 in Gjakove, Kosovo. After attending the school of Fine Arts in his country, he emigrated to Tirana (Albania) and studied graphic design and video production. After his studies, he has worked in different disciplines such as motion graphics, video production, music videos, set design, vj, light and laser shows, light festivals, installations, projection mapping and lately in the arts of augmented reality.

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MEDIACOELI is an esthetic research duo based between Venice and Madrid, formed by Luca Cacini and Letizia Artioli.

They investigate the intersection between virtual reality, symbolism and environmentalism operating within the language of contemporary digital art, creating hybrid visions of AR in the void of the multiverse.

Previous exhibitions include the Ars Electronica Garden / XR Ensemble NYC 2021 and the Venice Climate Change Pavilion, a fuzzy digital experimental pavilion on climate change data during the current Venice Architecture Biennale.

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Mohammad “Hafi” Hafiyyandi is an Indonesian-born digital artist and designer currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. An immigrant since the age of 16, he uses art to express his anxieties about the identities of immigrants and the exchange of work for residence permits. After finding a renewed interest in technology during his master’s degree in the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University, he now works primarily on interactive media (AR, Javascript-based web applications) for self-reflection.

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Mona Birkas is a new media artist working with RX, 3D, and interactivity. She is a graduate student at the University of Pécs, her field of research is the use of augmented reality in fine arts, she also works as a software developer and 3D designer. In her work, she examines the interactions between the digital and the real world, paying particular attention to the impact of ever-evolving technology on users.

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Ran Bensimon. I am a filmmaker and digital artist from Jerusalem. In 2018 I graduated from the Screen Based Arts department of the Bezalel Academy. Coming from a gaming background, a main guideline in my creations is the mixed medium. Blending AR, 3D animation, video, and photography together in investigating new creative possibilities enabled by recent technological developments and the way they change how we create and communicate. In the last year and a half I increased the use of these mediums, experimenting with ways to bring them into the world of art and fashion, working with fashion brands and magazines such as Cartier, Michael Kors, Burberry, Balenciaga, Esquire and more.

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Robert Seidel (*1977) began his biology studies before transferring to Bauhaus University of Weimar to complete his BA in Media Design. His projections, installations and experimental films have been shown in numerous international festivals, as well as in galleries and museums such as the Palais des Beaux-Arts Lille, ZKM Karlsruhe, Art Center Nabi Seoul, Young Projects Los Angeles, Museum of Image and Sound São Paulo and MOCA Taipei. His works have been honored with various awards, such as the KunstFilmBiennale Honorary Award and the Visual Music Award Frankfurt.

In his work, Seidel is interested in expanding the limits of abstract beauty through cinematographic approaches, as well as those drawn from science and technology. Through the organic interaction of various structural concepts with spatial and temporal, she creates an ever-evolving complexity. From this multifaceted perspective a narrative skeleton emerges, through which viewers connect with the artwork on a symbolic level derived from evolution and fixed by phylogeny. Robert Seidel lives and works in Berlin and Jena as an artist as well as a curator.

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Rosa Hirn. I’m Rosa and I work and live in Berlin. My training is in jewelry design. I am a creative and artisan person by nature. But I also have a great passion for games and the digital world. Before the pandemic I had plans to work in a theater as a props designer, but the moment everything closed I had to rethink my professional plans. So I started making AR filters. My first vision was to translate my jewelry and headpieces into digital models to make them accessible to everyone using AR technology. I wanted to be able to share my jewelry in a fun and easy way, especially jewelry not designed to be worn in everyday life. Shortly after starting, I received the first requests for commercial filter projects. I created a portfolio and worked on my 3D modeling, texturing, and coding skills to get the set of tools I needed to create professional experiences for clients. Meanwhile, I also worked on projects of personal passion that were featured at the MMMAD Festival and the CADAF Digital Art Fair this year. I am now working as a full-time AR developer at GoSpooky, an ambitious social media agency that is really pushing AR. I am really fascinated by AR technology and super happy and proud to be able to participate in such a quick journey.

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Tabitha Swanson is a multidisciplinary designer, creative technologist and artist based in Berlin. His practice includes 3D, animation, augmented reality, digital fashion, graphic design, and UX / UI.

From a business point of view, Tabitha has worked with brands such as Vogue Germany, Nike, High Snobiety, Reebok and Origins, among others, to create beautiful work in the realm of creative technology and design.

Artistically, his work is used as a form of therapy, often composing questions rather than answers, and trying to faintly touch the invisible edges of human existence.

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My name is Tanya Liashenko, for many years I have been working as a designer with almost all types of 2D graphics, from animation to fonts. But a year ago AR appeared in my life and I liked it like I hadn’t liked anything in a long time. So now I am into 3D and very happy about it.

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Tomás Picasso “tomipicasso” Argentinian visual artist, motion graphic designer, filter creator and VJ.

Three years ago he came to Barcelona for the first time in search of new challenges and ways of expressing himself.

Experimentation with new technologies for the development of audiovisual content is always present in his work, which encourages him to be in constant play.

In these last three years he has worked for different artists, festivals and brands such as Erika Lust, Kenzo, Fútbol Club Barcelona, ​​SEAT, Pull & Bear, Star channel MuteKes, Llum Barcelona, ​​Mobile Week, Media Markt España, among others.

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