Martina Menegon (Italy, 1988) is an artist working with Interactive and Mixed Reality Art to create intimate and complex assemblages of physical and virtual elements that explore the contemporary self and its synthetic corporeality. She is teaching at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and regularly collaborates with Klaus Obermaier and Stefano D’Alessio, teaching multimedia tools for interactive arts at the IUAV University in Venice and creating interactive performances and installations. Since 2019 she is directing :afk, curating Mixed Reality Art exhibitions in Vienna. She currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
The rapture of the self
Since the existence of the cyberspace, the physical body has been declared obsolete, dead, replaced and replaceable by technology and machines. There is an obsession with the redefinition of the self as well as an anxiety about body boundaries, consciousness, subjectivity and identity. We are facing a new experience of corporeality and subjectivity, a new artificial flesh and materiality.
In “the rapture of the self”, virtual clones of the artist 3D-scanned body are trapped indefinitely in unnatural positions, resulted from an algorithmical anomaly. Their perpetual torture constantly shifts between ecstasy and anxiety, a rapture of the self and all its emotions.
Through these perceivable avatars, the artist proprioceptively renegotiates the gap between the physical and the virtual, human and machines.