London360: Rebecca Allen
Zabludowicz Collection presents Life Without Matter by Rebecca Allen as the latest installation in the 360 Virtual Reality room.
Allen is a pioneering artist inspired by the aesthetics of motion, the study of perception and behaviour and the potential of advanced technology. Her artwork, which spans nearly four decades and takes the form of experimental video, large-scale performances, live simulations and virtual and augmented reality art installations, addresses issues of gender, identity and what it means to be human as technology redefines our sense of reality.
The installation Life Without Matter considers a future life in virtual reality where material things – physical matter – have mostly disappeared and our identity must be redefined. Within the virtual world we find ourselves in a mythic place. The viewer confronts their digital reflection, and since a virtual world is immaterial, a virtual mirror need not reflect one’s physical appearance, but rather the female, male and animal in all of us.
While the viewer interacts with their virtual reflection, their shadow is shown on a special screen in the exhibition space, revealing their actions to the audience. This presents two components; the intimate, self-reflective experience in the virtual world and the projected, public experience via the shadow screen.
Rebecca Allen, image from Life Without Matter, 2018. Virtual Reality installation. Courtesy the artist