19.12 OPEN STUDIO – MÁRIA JÚDOVÁ

Date: 19/12 . Time: kl 12-17 Location: Tyghuset, Kavallerigatan 4, Landskrona

Mária Júdová will be present in her studio space at Tyghuset. She will guide visitors through her showcase virtual reality experience exploring shamanism as a way to reimagine our current society. The VR experience reflects on loss of a sense of community and empathy, as well as lack of concerns for others. It takes ancient culture and civilization, ritualistic, folkloric practices as inspiration, to re-examine them, and look at them as a way for us to move forward.

The purpose of the ancient shamans mask was to communicate with ancestral spirits, celestial supernatural forces and they became a representation of a unity between men, ancestors and animals. They shamans could speak the truth without fear.

The visitors wearing a VR mask will have a chance to look into a hidden realm through the eyes of a shaman and maybe interact with these forces awakening a part of them they have forgotten about.

Mária Júdová is a Prague-based independent visual artist.
With a background in working with lens based media (photography and video), in recent years she has become particularly interested in images created with the help of digital technology (computer-generated imagery, photogrammetry etc).
Her current work spans from (interactive) installations and Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experiences to audio-visual performances. She received her BA in Digital Media at the Academy of Arts (SK) and M.A. at the Center for Audiovisual Studies (CZ). She has worked with renowned groups such as Choreographic Coding Lab (DE), Rambert Contemporary Dance Company in London (UK) and Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (JP).
Her works have been presented worldwide – Sonar Hong Kong (CHN), Laboratorio Arte Alameda (MX), Japan Media Arts Festival (JP), Immersive Expressions of Siggraph (NY), Athens Digital Arts Festival (GR), Sensorium (SK), Berlin Atonal (DE) amongst many others.
She has also received awards from Japan Media Arts Festival (JP), B3 Biennale (DE), Nexon Computer Museum (Korea) and Zealous (UK). http://mariajudova.net/