A new technological universe has created new artistic landscapes. During this conference, artists, curators, activists and industry professionals who work at the intersection of contemporary art and digital technologies, will take us deep into the metaverse, a shared space at the nexus of the virtual and the physical that is gaining increased attention as a space for artistic production and experiences. How are we interacting with it, and how can we shape its future direction in a more ethical and collaborative manner?
Through talks, discussions, and presentations, the speakers will share their insights and explore key questions such as: What are the forms of artistic practices at the intersection of the physical and the virtual? How do artists, using these technologies, engage with the ethical, social, and environmental implications? How can we counter big tech in deciding what the metaverse is and can become? And what role do we, as participants, play in shaping the future direction?
The conference will open on Friday at 8 p.m. at De Balie with the Dutch premiere screening of Ian Cheng’s Life after BOB: The Chalice Study, followed by a conversation with Ian Cheng.
Tickets are sold-out — few tickets for the ‘Livestream Salon’ in De Balie are still available.
Watch the livestream (free of charge) on this website and join the conversation via our Discord server.
Prior to the conference, a series of workshops by Black Swan, The Hmm, Shuruq Tramontini, Veronica So & Ivaylo Getov will take place at the Rijksakademie
The Art in the Age of the Metaverse showcase runs parallel to the conference and presents artworks by artists who are speaking during the programme: Morehshin Allahyari, Kévin Bray, Ian Cheng, Ali Eslami, Moving Castles (Arthur Roeing Baer+GVN), Katja Novitskova, Babusi Nyoni, Shuruq Tramontini & Peter Wu+.
From big-scale live simulations in Unity to poetic renditions of AI image datasets, the showcase explores the metaverse as a shared space at the nexus of the virtual and the physical.
The showcase is accessible free of charge at De Balie during the conference from Friday 6 p.m. and until Sunday 12 March.