Acute Art and Julia Stoschek Collection are delighted to present a new VR work by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard as part of their collaboration.
Join us for the exhibition opening, Friday 11 October from 7pm at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin.
My Trip (2019) takes the viewer on a journey to the farthest reaches of the dark web. Melgaard compares the experience to taking Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a naturally occurring drug, which is produced by a gland in the brain. DMT is considered the strongest hallucinogenic chemical substance and is found in almost every living organism on earth. Drawing from the artist’s personal experience with hallucinogenic drugs, My Trip deals with anti-Natalism, suicide, psychedelia, Stig Sæterbakken, overpopulation, overpopulation, casual paranoia and more.
Melgaard’s work is influenced by elements as varied as The Sofa: A Moral Tale, a 1742 libertine novel by Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon to Black Metal band, Darkthrone. ’My Trip’ references the experience of taking the naturally occurring drug, Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), produced by a gland in the brain. DMT is considered the strongest hallucinogenic component and is found in almost every living being on earth. From the artist’s personal experience, this VR work replicates ‘the extremely upbeat tempo of the whole experience’ that Melgaard found so intense that it took days to recover.
Featuring characters that have recurred in the artist’s practice for over 20 years, including Lightbulb Man and Octo, My Trip, is a strikingly stimulating visualisation of the illusions of a DMT experience.
In addition to debuting a work by Bjarne Melgaard, Acute Art and Julia Stoschek Collection will also present an augmented reality (AR) artwork by Koo Jeong A. Part of the artist’s series Prerequisites 7 (2019), this work entitled density, will be on view at the Collection and at select external locations in Berlin. density has previously been shown this year at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia and at Fondation Beyeler during Art Basel in June.
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