Taiwanese new media artist Huang Hsin-chien (黃心健) will present his first solo VR exhibition "A Gateway to Memory w/ Laurie Anderson (記憶的門戶)" in celebration of the 15th edition of L.E.V. Festival at the chapel Colegiata de San Juan Bautista in Gijón, Spain from July 22 to 25.
Co-hosted by the Ministry of Culture and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Spain, three of Huang's iconic VR works "La Camera Insabiatta(沙中房間)," "To the Moon (登月)," and "Bodyless(失身記)" will be featured at the exhibition. These are the only VR works showcased at this year's festival.
"La Camera Insabiatta" is an interactive virtual reality installation, consisting of eight unique rooms where visitors enter a virtual world, flying freely through a huge maze.
"Bodyless" is a surreal virtual reality experience based on the director's childhood memories during Taiwan's martial law period in the 1970s. Audiences will experience this journey through the eyes of an elderly man who works as a political criminal in a secret government experiment.
"To the Moon" is a VR art installation that uses recurring images to create an imaginary and fascinating journey on the moon.
The L.E.V festival curated by Nacho de la Vega and Cristina de Silva is one of the most important events in the digital art field in Spain, which has gained a strong reputation and support in Europe. Each year, more than ten thousand visitors participate in the festival. This year, a total of 17 programs will be launched by several countries including Taiwan, Japan, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, and France.
Huang specializes in mixed media, using science, technology, programming, and algorithms as tools to bring his creativity to life. He has received multiple international awards, including best virtual reality experience at the 74th Venice International Film Festival for his work "La Camera Insabbiata."
For more information, please visit L.E.V. Festival's website.