Time machine, bringing the past back to the present
Contemporary Art | “As electrically contracted, the globe is no more than a village” With this famous sentence Marshall McLuhan revealed in 1964 that the « electric » contraction of the globe disrupts not only the present space-time - we communicate instantly from one end of the planet to the other – but also the relationship to the past and the relationship between the spoken and the written. He specifies and anticipates : “Electric speed mingles the cultures of prehistory with the dregs of industrial marketers, the non-literate with the semi-literate and the post-literate” (*1).
Today, some artists are taking advantage of virtual reality to lead us through time travels, to formulate parallel narratives, to multiply the points of view on History.
The exhibition Speculative Cultures : a virtual reality exhibition at New York’s Parsons School deals with the porosity of cultures both spatially and temporally (Curators are Tina Sauerländer, Peggy Schoenegge and Erandy Vergara). A culture is never a stable entity but a network in perpetual transformation.
In the exhibition space, you can successively put on six pairs of virtual reality glasses that propel you to the four corners of the world through stories that are sometimes political, sometimes intimate, about cultural aspects, past and future.
Precisely, when you enter […]
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