Virtual Insanity

3 Aug 2018 – 18 Nov 2018

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Kunsthalle Mainz

Mainz, Germany


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  • Feldbergplatz/Stadtwerke Mainz
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In Virtual Insanity they are creating documents, writing reports and narratives, developing scenarios, they are practicing an entirely unique approach to the technical innovations and lifestyle brought about by the digital revolution. The side effects listed above of a virtual or expanded reality have long formed an important component of the questions asked and research conducted by international contemporary artists. They vocalize what science conjectures: that a high degree of immersion can change not only consciousness but also people. The stronger the feeling we have of “presence” within the virtual world, the more convincing is the illusion of being part of it and of turning one’s back on the physical world, and the more overwhelming and profound the impact. And this impact is not merely limited to thoughts and feelings, but can also be physically measured. Since the introduction of the World Wide Web around twenty-five years ago, digital technologies have permeated our everyday lives and with breathtaking speed have radically transformed the way we live with each other. What happens when we immerse ourselves in unknown worlds but can’t emerge out of them again? What do we take with us and what remains of us? The artists participating in Virtual Insanity will be exploring these questions, and many more besides.

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Jon Rafman

Jordan Wolfson

Nicole Ruggiero

Cao Fei

Antoine Catala

Igor Simić

Eva & Franco Mattes

Harun Farocki

Molly Soda

Tabita Rezaire


Renaud Jerez


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