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Welcome to Paradise

  • AR
  • Digital-Art

The world is changing: between global catastrophes and rapid technological progress, humankind is creating new digital spaces for dreams and utopias. What does it mean to be human in this new world, and what if this dream landscape becomes a nightmare?

The exhibition Willkommen im Paradies (Welcome to Paradise) is an immersive, interactive project that transports visitors into fictional worlds between utopia and dystopia.

Walk through a transmedia, narrative exhibition architecture, face tasks and engage with artistic works on new forms of spirituality, digital rituals and the question of physicality in the virtual.

A transformative artistic and personal experience in which fiction, science, art, technology, emotions and fantasies meet. At the end of the journey, paradise awaits — or does it?

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Curator

Vesela Stanoeva / Alain Bieber

Institution

NRW-Forum Düsseldorf
Vesela Stanoeva / Alain Bieber

The world is changing: between global catastrophes and rapid technological progress, humankind is creating new digital spaces for dreams and utopias. What does it mean to be human in this new world, and what if this dream landscape becomes a nightmare?

The exhibition Willkommen im Paradies (Welcome to Paradise) is an immersive, interactive project that transports visitors into fictional worlds between utopia and dystopia.

Walk through a transmedia, narrative exhibition architecture, face tasks and engage with artistic works on new forms of spirituality, digital rituals and the question of physicality in the virtual.

A transformative artistic and personal experience in which fiction, science, art, technology, emotions and fantasies meet. At the end of the journey, paradise awaits — or does it?

Curatorial statement

As a jury we felt honored to be able to witness more than 400 works submitted to the Open Call and to choose between so many strong submissions that represented a wide variety of different forms - form installation, live performance, sound, video, abstract works, VR, AR, and MR.

The process of selection took several stages. As a part of the project nextmuseum.io and the concept of open co-curation there was a vivid telegram discussion with more than 85 participants. After the initial preselection, there was further discussion and voting by the jury to first narrow down the entries under consideration and then to select the final nine.

Ultimately, however, we had to make difficult choices. In our selection it was important to represent a spread of immersive approaches and submissions that deal with the topic of heaven in ways, challenging our senses and perception of reality and focusing on exclusive, intimate, human experience in the age of technology.