realUNreal Simon Lamunière
April 17, 2013
The only remaining idea will be the project itself, for the sake of it’s
latest updated version.
In 1994 the VERSION exhibition context started off by organizing events in
the hybrid field of art and technologies. 9 shows later, VERSION produced a
new type of museum. Actually i don’t know yet how we can define this
structure without using misused words, but i’ll try.
In Geneva (Switzerland), there is a building with and art center and a
contemporary art museum (mamco). Inside this building, there are obviously
rooms where artists show their work. When entering the museum, one has to
walk to choose what to see. And one may land in Heimo Zobernig’s
installation. At first glance, it looks like an empty room but in fact the
back wall can be turned (like a door) and reveals a computer behind it. On
the computer (and on the web) the building is abstractly represented in vrml
and the room aswell. In this digital space, there’s an online piece of
Zobernig too (although it’s not quite like that because it’s a website a
student of his has done by hacking heimozobernig.com). The online building
has been designed by fabric|ch, and can been seen on electroscape.org.
Zobernig is the first artist to be invited in this context. Soon, other
artists will have shows in this double building, adding and investing
spaces. Some specific rooms and installations of this museum will also be
integrated/transposed in the vrml, mainly because they are relevant in this
project and in this curatorial practice.
Of course it’s difficult to develop things in 2 simultaneous fields like the
physicall museum and the virtual space. This hybrid is actually more
dychotomic than hybrid, because they are seperated but entangled. But still,
the main idea is to create oportunities to do and think the museum, in
I hope curators will also be able to conceive shows in such a context where
setting a piece next to another can make more sense than having lists to
scroll. Skipping a name in a list is not the same thing as skipping a room
in a building. I hope it will be a usefull tool to think and practice the
museum olutside the museum but for the museum.
Simon Lamunière Dec.6.2002
Zobernig , heimozobernig.com , electroscape.org