Collective Worldbuilding — Art in the Metaverse
The group exhibition “Collective Worldbuilding—Art in the Metaverse” presents a selection of international artists who explore the possibilities of a decentralized Internet that promises more self-determination, decentralization, and transparency. The works on display encourage the exploration of more inclusive virtual spaces, a renewed sense of communality, and a decentralized organizational structure in the digital realm.
Much buzz has been generated in recent years with the launch of a variety of virtual spaces. Game worlds like Fortnite or blockchain-based virtual worlds like Dezentraland, Sandbox, or Cryptovoxels are staging exhibitions, concerts, and parties. We speak of metaverses, virtual parallel worlds in which we can immerse ourselves in order to interact with others. Artists create their own virtual worlds, but they also appropriate existing worlds by playing and infiltrating these digital spaces with their projects. The exhibition will present artistic projects that use these spaces as opportunities for collaborative work and explore the creative use of virtual universes to tell stories, share experiences, and address issues related to the development of technologies such as Web3 and the future of inclusive and diverse metaverses.
The exhibition C presents phenomena that deal with the possibilities of decentralized communality and corresponding organizational structures, like the new work conceived for the exhibition by artist and Web3 pioneer Sarah Friend. Installations by Artist Simon Denny, in turn, show the market processes surrounding the hype of NFTs. In this work questions about the storage of data, diversity and the promise of technological salvation are put up for discussion with a critical attitude.