VIRTUAL REALITY & INSTALLATION
by Emanuele Dainotti
2022, VR 360° video installation, Belgium/Taiwan2021
MY DEAR IMAGE
2022, Single-channel video, Taiwan/Belgium
Emanuele Dainotti (b. 1987 in Milano, Italy). Lives and works between Antwerpen, Belgium and Milano, Italy) is a visual artist and filmmaker.
Dainotti's research focuses on the normalization of violence and reactions to shocking events.He challenges himself to create impossible but plausible visual and narrative structures through video, installations and photography exploring themes such as fear, death, loop, time, and finitude.
HYPERTAIPEI, a 3 Degree of Freedom Virtual Reality installation that challenges our understanding of conflicts and their representation through images. Set in a dystopian future where the relationship between China and Taiwan has escalated into a Virtual Reality World War, "HYPERTAIPEI" invites the viewer to contemplate the political dynamic between images and reality.
The installation takes the viewer on a journey through the streets of Taipei, where they will encounter a range of imagery drawn from rich and diverse Taiwanese mythologies and folklore, including spirits, ghosts, and creatures. Through this exploration, "HYPERTAIPEI" invites us to consider the role that images play in shaping our understanding of the world and the events that shape it.
MY DEAR IMAGE
"My dear Image" is a single-channel video installation that explores the complex relationship between the image and its viewer. In recent years, the creation of images has ceased to be the sole domain of artists, thanks to the democratization and increased accessibility of professional equipment. This has resulted in an age of image overabundance, where the role of image creator is shared between the media and citizens alike.
However, this abundance has also led to a rapid pace of use and a reduction in the average duration of images, as well as the potency of their impact. In "My dear Image", a continuously vibrating fluorescent silhouette eventually reveals a potentially disturbing image, which is then quickly forgotten through the process of memeification and demystification.The installation prompts us to question our image-reading skills, the weight that an image carries when displayed on a digital device, and the implications of the perceptual normalization of images.