Martina Menegon, It feels like home, 2021

HeK Net Works – Martina Menegon, It feels like home

Every month, HeK shows a net-based project created especially for our digital series HeK Net Works. The series began during the lockdown period at a weekly pace, and now goes on with a monthly contribution. This month we would like to introduce you to Martina Menegon.

event/HeK Net Works, Online

11.05.2021 08.06.2021

Visit It feels like home here 

Portrait: Martina Menegon

Martina Menegon is an artist working with interactive and augmented reality. In her work, Menegon creates intimate and complex assemblages of physical and virtual elements that explore the contemporary self and its synthetic physicality. She experiments with the uncanny and grotesque, the self and the body, and the dialogue between physical and virtual reality to create disorienting experiences that become perceptual despite their virtual nature. During the lockdown, she has created several works, for example for the virtual platform Mozilla Hubs, where she continues to develop her research on  virtual reality and 3D images. In It feels like home, the artist also negotiates perception and forms of her own body. Menegon's roughly 3D-scanned bedroom is presented in orthogonal view and cyclically fills with extremely low-poly 3D-scanned virtual clones of herself, each in perspective view. This very personal and intimate space is now accessible online to everyone, and its inhabitants, despite their virtual nature, become perceptible when the user's cursor touches and interacts with them. Every hour or page refresh, the gravity of the virtual room can change randomly, causing a shift in the perception of the space.

You can visit the work here untill  08.06.2021. We recommend using Chrome or Firefox. 

Statement by Martina Menegon:
It feels like home is an online intervention that uses the synthetic space of the browser as a stage to unfold an interactive, performative and generative virtual sculpture. Experimenting with the notion of digital sculpture, It feels like home reflects on the site-specificity within the virtual as well as the offline spaces, while it goes through hourly and algorithmic transformations, becoming a performative process that continuously produces unexpected and unpredictable results that depends on each visitor’s offline time-zone. Especially after more than one year of pandemic, locked inside and constantly online, the notions of time, home and personal space feel in constant change and contradiction, helplessly transient.”

Martina Menegon (*1988) currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria. She is a University Assistant and Lecturer at the department of Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where she teaches “Digital Design and Virtuality”. She is also teaching multimedia tools for interactive arts at the IUAV University in Venice (MA Digital Exhibit, BA Multimedia Arts) together with Klaus Obermaier and Stefano D’Alessio. She is currently Head of Extended Reality and Curator at the “Area for Virtual Art” a platform for immersive experiences and get-togethers founded by sound:frame and Pausanio. She is also part of the curatorial team of the new media art festival of Vienna CIVA Festival.

Sound by Alexander Martinz.

HeK Net Works – Martina Menegon, It feels like home