“ICC Annual” was launched as an extension of a previous series of exhibitions that have been held under the title “Open Space.” While adopting the same concept, the new program incorporates longer exhibitions that take place over periods of six months each.
Virtual worlds are becoming a part of our reality—as extensions of the real world. Virtual things, too, are being treated as co-inhabitants of the world in which we live.
The metaverse, mirror worlds, and other virtual worlds that exist as extensions of the real world are beginning to possess a new reality akin to that of this world. In this context, the binary has shifted from “what is real and what is virtual” to “what is physical and what is data.”
We are surrounded by tremendous streams of information that have no tangible or visible form. In order to transform this information into a form we can grasp more precisely, we digitize it, we visualize it, we analyze it—and so on. Systems to guarantee authenticity, such as NFTs, make unique entities of this data, in an age saturated with data that can be readily duplicated due to its digital format.
How we give form to this myriad of the invisible surrounding us has even become a major topic in the world of art. One will gain different results depending on the method used to analyze or visualize data; similarly, the way in which an artist gives form to these various invisible phenomena opens up possibilities for all kinds of expression.
At this ICC Annual, works on a range of themes will take us on an exploration of how the forms of things and events are changing as virtual worlds’ extensions of reality continue to permeate the world we live in, and how this shift might surface in our memories and behavior.