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synthesis gallery synthesis is the first VR-based art gallery showcasing cutting-edge experiences by new wave artists and visionaries through virtual reality.
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Some documentation of ‘It’s Dark Inside’💥
27/01/2020

Some documentation of ‘It’s Dark Inside’💥

'Realness - Intimate Garden' - Sandrine Deumier / synthesis gallery, February 2020
16/01/2020

'Realness - Intimate Garden' - Sandrine Deumier / synthesis gallery, February 2020

15/01/2020

JUST ANNOUNCED🔥: Realness - Intimate Garden | Sandrine Deumier opens Feb 20th.

A few documentation shots of ZERO LATITUDE.Keep an eye on the upcoming announcement coming out next week - exciting time...
09/01/2020

A few documentation shots of ZERO LATITUDE.

Keep an eye on the upcoming announcement coming out next week - exciting times ahead in 2020!

'ZERO LATITUDE' by Armin Keplinger had a wonderful opening night! Thank you!
17/12/2019

'ZERO LATITUDE' by Armin Keplinger had a wonderful opening night! Thank you!

ARTISTS IN ACTION🔥highlights from last weekend’s show with Evelyn Bencicova & Armin Keplinger!‘It’s Dark Inside’ is the ...
10/12/2019

ARTISTS IN ACTION🔥highlights from last weekend’s show with Evelyn Bencicova & Armin Keplinger!

‘It’s Dark Inside’ is the first exhibition of a bi-annual series of events aimed to emphasize the predominance of art over tech, strictly focusing on delivering VR art with strong vision and curatorial efforts.

We were all delighted to have so many visitors in attendance. Thank you so much!

Many thanks to our partner Grover, sponsor BrewDog and Salon am Moritzplatz for warmly hosting us.

Photo credits: Franz Zwerschina

‘It’s Dark Inside’ by Evelyn Bencicova & Armin Keplinger has been extended and is on display today (1-7pm).Come by and s...
08/12/2019

‘It’s Dark Inside’ by Evelyn Bencicova & Armin Keplinger has been extended and is on display today (1-7pm).

Come by and speak to the artists behind the exhibition!

It's Dark Inside | Evelyn Bencicova & Armin Keplinger is open today 1-9pm (with public reception 6-9pm). We are also exc...
07/12/2019

It's Dark Inside | Evelyn Bencicova & Armin Keplinger is open today 1-9pm (with public reception 6-9pm).

We are also excited to announce the show is extended until Sunday (1-7pm), thanks to the generosity of Salon Am Moritzplatz.

Come by to see the show!

It's Dark Inside | Evelyn Bencicova & Armin Keplinger is among this week's picks by ArtRabbit. Thank you!✨
05/12/2019
ArtRabbit

It's Dark Inside | Evelyn Bencicova & Armin Keplinger is among this week's picks by ArtRabbit. Thank you!✨

Here's what to do and what art to see this week in Berlin with ACUD Galerie, synthesis gallery, janinebeangallery, HAU Hebbel am Ufer and more this way ➜

Thank you KALTBLUT Magazine! It's Dark Inside | Evelyn Bencicova & Armin Keplinger🔥
02/12/2019
Berlin! 07.12.2019 - It’s Dark Inside by Evelyn Bencicova & Armin Keplinger at Synthesis gallery - KALTBLUT Magazine

Thank you KALTBLUT Magazine!
It's Dark Inside | Evelyn Bencicova & Armin Keplinger🔥

Synthesis gallery is a space to experience pioneering artists through VR headsets. Visionaries, who understand the importance and freedom of this medium, find a space at synthesis where they are able to play within the conscientious appeal that virtual and augmented reality affords our generation. N...

'It's dark inside' - Evelyn Bencicova & Armin Keplinger / synthesis gallery, December 2019.
01/12/2019

'It's dark inside' - Evelyn Bencicova & Armin Keplinger / synthesis gallery, December 2019.

27/11/2019
‘ms-R’ - Armin Keplinger

Details from Armin Keplinger’s VR piece ‘ms-R’ on view at synthesis.

Zero Latitude | Armin Keplinger opens tomorrow, 1-9pm.

Tune in on Instagram at 8pm for the live stream of Armin’s sound performance.

'ZERO LATITUDE' - Armin Keplinger / synthesis gallery, November 2019.
26/11/2019

'ZERO LATITUDE' - Armin Keplinger / synthesis gallery, November 2019.

18/11/2019

We are happy to support our friends at Empowe/AR Festival. Empower is an afro-futurist and queer-feminist festival featuring some of the most important music, audio-visual and visual art made by queers and people of color today.

Empower/AR takes place on November 22-23rd in Berlin as a two-day music and visual art festival, including Virtual and Augmented Reality. Its rich program features performance art, an immersive light show, sound performances, a symposium and much more.

For more information, visit https://iampower.in/

SYNTHESIS INTERVIEWS: A series of interviews with avant-garde VR artists who have helped establishing VR as artistic med...
14/11/2019

SYNTHESIS INTERVIEWS: A series of interviews with avant-garde VR artists who have helped establishing VR as artistic medium and meaningfully contributed to the art scene.

For the third act of the series we sat with Tamiko Thiel.

• Hi Tamiko! How did you begin with VR/AR?

In 1994, interactive real-time 3D computer graphics (VR) finally ran on PCs instead of $100,000 workstations. I was creative director and producer for Starbright World, the 1st online 3D virtual world for children, in collaboration with Starbright chair Steven Spielberg. Created for seriously ill children, it ran on a monitor, NOT in a headset, so the kids could run free in the virtual world like they could not in the real world. I used this technology to make several artworks: showing in Berlin from 20-24 November 2019 in CLB Berlin/Aufbau-Haus is Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall (2008, with Teresa Reuter). It can run on a VR headset but we prefer to show it as an interactive large screen projection in which you can walk along a km of the Berlin Wall. My work with AR began with "ARt Critic Face Matrix" in the pathbreaking 2010 intervention “We AR in MoMA,” an uninvited takeover of MoMA NY organized by Mark Skwarek and Sander Veenhof. I then led our intervention into the 2011 Venice Biennial, and these two events entered media art history as the beginnings of mobile AR as an art form.

• Why are large institutions reluctant to engage with VR?

VR requires expensive technical and personnel support, can only be viewed by one person at a time, and makes some users nauseous! But also, few art schools teach the history of technically mediated art beyond kinetic art of the 1960s. As digital natives move into positions of power as curators and directors, however, they will want to include the technology they grew up with in the work they exhibit.

• Your ‘Connection Machine’ was acquired by the Design Department at MoMA, NY. How did it change the way people view computers?

When the machine came out in 1986 Steve Jobs asked his "right hand," my friend Joanna Hoffman, to ask the designer to also create his NeXT computer. She replied, "Sorry, Tamiko has gone to Europe to be an artist!" The visual design of all Job’s products went through a radical change from that point on. So its legacy via Jobs - and Sergey Brin, the Google co-founder who learned parallel programming on a Connection Machine - was enormous.

• Any new exciting projects?

I am working on 2 VR: Karolina Markiewicz+Pascal Piron‘s My Identity is this Expanse, and on a new work for DiMoDa.

For more information about the artist, visit http://www.tamikothiel.com

12/11/2019

JUST ANNOUNCED: It's Dark Inside | Evelyn Bencicova & Armin Keplinger opens Dec 7th.

RSVP for updates on location or email [email protected].

Take over by Armin Keplinger.Two glass plates and a metal frame are assembled along with an airtight compact of cubic sh...
08/11/2019

Take over by Armin Keplinger.

Two glass plates and a metal frame are assembled along with an airtight compact of cubic shape. Air is slowly pumped out of the resulting sculpture throughout the exhibition. The constant rise of low pressure level leads to the unpredictable implosion of the sculpture itself. ‘I7°’ is part of the ongoing series ‘the unstable systems’: an investigation into vacuum states and their destructive power. Although the collapse of the fragile glass plates stands out at the end of the implosion process with its tragic beauty, the artwork actually focuses on the probability of the implosion event.

Armin Keplinger
‘I7°’ - Kinetic Sculpture, 2019
Crash glass, aluminium, vacuum pump

Zero Latitude | Armin Keplinger opens on November 28.

SAVE THE DATE: Zero Latitude | Armin Keplinger, the first solo show by the artist for synthesis opens on November 28🔥. A...
31/10/2019

SAVE THE DATE: Zero Latitude | Armin Keplinger, the first solo show by the artist for synthesis opens on November 28🔥. Armin Keplinger takes over our social media accounts for the next couple of weeks to present and comment a few pieces on display:

“The impact of equal forces in space and time has frequently played a key-role in my practice: investigating the collision of two materials as one exceptional event, its peak, in the continuous flow of time. In the multi-channel installation L:R, two deep-tone speakers are assembled face to face to create a one compact unit. Each speaker plays its own sound impulse separately, stimulating one another’s membrane in a kinetic movement. When both speakers are triggered by the sound impulse at the same time, the kinetic movement is completely erased and, as a result, a significant dead- tone in rest-frequencies is left. This ‘sound of silence’ shapes the foundations of ‘ZERO LATITUDE’”.

Armin Keplinger
“L:R” - kinetic sculpture, 2019
Low frequency drivers 25”, powder-coated steel.

SYNTHESIS INTERVIEWS: A series of interviews with avant-garde VR artists who have helped establishing VR as artistic med...
03/10/2019

SYNTHESIS INTERVIEWS: A series of interviews with avant-garde VR artists who have helped establishing VR as artistic medium and meaningfully contributed to the art scene.

For the second act of the series we sat with Jakob Kudsk Steensen.

• How has your creative process and approach to VR evolved over the years?
My VR work is based on an interest in creating virtual landscapes since I was a teenager. VR is an extension of this practice by allowing people to move through them by using their own bodies. My work is becoming increasingly focused on immersive media in general (VR/AR or large-scale installations).

• Your virtual environments are extremely immersive, rigorous in the underlying research, meticulous in the details. The three are developed pari-passu in your physical installations as well. Tell us more about the transition from the virtual to the physical in your artworks.

I see my works as worlds people explore and sense. Because of this, I think about my work as entire installations, so the exhibition setup is important. It is part of the work itself and I rarely show VR without also setting up entire environments, videos and elements external to the headset. They are connected and one artwork.

• We love how you document your excursions in the nature on social media - it is a recurrent source of inspiration for you. Tell us where this fascination comes from and the last great place you have visited.

I create all my works from sounds and textures I photograph of species in nature. I go on long excursions where I talk with field biologists and immerse myself. My VR works are based on the immersion I do myself. I think this is crucial for me to make anything interesting as an artist using VR - I need to feel, sense and make notes in real life before approaching a digital design.

• What are you currently working on?

I am currently in the Azores diving underwater volcanic landscapes with marine biologists (i.e. see last image). I won't say much more than that as I am in early creative phases. Diving has been a central source of inspiration for me for a decade. It is very similar to what I think is good VR, truly capable of immersing you, transforming scale, time and space.

For more information about the artist, visit http://www.jakobsteensen.com/

Great opening last week with Michael Takeo Magruder!synthesis was delighted to present and premiere in Berlin the artwor...
19/09/2019

Great opening last week with Michael Takeo Magruder!

synthesis was delighted to present and premiere in Berlin the artwork ‘A New Jerusalem’, awarded with the 2015 Immersive Environments Lumen Prize. Highly appreciated for his masterful use of new media - including real-time data, digital archives, immersive environments, mobile devices and virtual worlds - Magruder with ‘A New Jerusalem’ seeks to embody the spirit of the new Jerusalem as described in the Book of Revelation while offering a glimpse of a new world based on both human and divine action.

Photo credits: Justin Kulske

10/09/2019

Sneak peek of Michael Takeo Magruder's VR artwork 'A New Jerusalem' opening tomorrow at synthesis gallery 1-6pm, with an opening reception following 6-9pm.

We are very pleased Berlin Art Week has selected and recommended our exhibition for the second year in a row!

Shout-outs to Grover for the ongoing support.

SYNTHESIS INTERVIEWS: A series of interviews with avant-garde VR artists who have helped establishing VR as artistic med...
23/08/2019

SYNTHESIS INTERVIEWS: A series of interviews with avant-garde VR artists who have helped establishing VR as artistic medium and meaningfully contributed to the art scene.

For the first act of the series we sat with Alfredo Salazar-Caro.

• What is one VR artwork that you particularly appreciate? Why is it so important to you?

I have not seen a lot of VR works that I am impressed with or inspired by. In fact, I have found more works that I find immature, repetitive, incomplete and in some cases even offensive. We are at a very exciting intersection and we all need a little more time incubating before some exciting and transformative works begin to emerge.

• Tell us about your creative process concerning VR.

My process is the same for any other artwork. I live my life and learn about the world and reflect that. I sketch and write a lot. I come from an installation and sculpture background, so in a way VR is allowing me to fulfil all the fantasies that were limited by physical reality, but the process of reaching these fantasies has remained the same.

• How do you deal with the issue of archiving and preserving the artwork?

Archiving VR is an ongoing issue. I worked on archiving VR for a major museum in NYC and the way we went about it is to make a 360 version of it, that can be easily archived as a video. I think this is a nice way to keep a simple archive but of course it gets much more complicated than that. My role is to be an artist and I am more than happy to let the archivists break their brains on this one.

• What are you currently working on?

I just premiered the first chapter of Dreams of the Jaguar's Daughter at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. Dreams of the Jaguar's Daughter is a three-part Surreal VR Documentary where Achik', the spirit of a young Mayan immigrant, guides viewers through her dreams and memories of the arduous journey north. Starting in the Guatemalan jungle, traveling through central Mexico and reaching the Arizona Desert. Each chapter is composed from documentation of immigrants' journeys during the 2018 Caravan, using 3D scans, drones, traditional footage, interviews and 360 footage. I am currently working on Chapters 2 and 3 of this saga.

For more information about the artist, visit http://salazarcaro.com/

#throwbackthursday to our first anniversary, celebrating April 2018 opening of synthesis gallery, the first VR art galle...
27/06/2019

#throwbackthursday to our first anniversary, celebrating April 2018 opening of synthesis gallery, the first VR art gallery.

The path to establish a VR art gallery that would provide a cultural focus for the city of Berlin and educate the audience to a new medium has been a long one and only made possible by the sustained contribution of our friends, supporters, artists and visitors. The road has been paved by the passion and commitment of a few people at synthesis who believed, before many others, in the potential of VR as artistic medium.

In the past year, synthesis has organized six shows locally and abroad and exhibited internationally renowned, well-established artists along emerging ones.

Our commitment to showcase cutting-edge experiences by new wave artists and visionaries through virtual reality is unchanged. We are looking forward to the upcoming year that we are sure will be of surprises.

With gratitude,

synthesis

MANY THANKS TO:

Marc Lee
Lauren Moffatt
A/A
Broomberg & Chanarin
Yu Hong & Nikita Shalenny

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About last week at synthesis gallery: our youngest visitor having his first VR experience.‘So Far, Still So Close’ by Yu...
10/05/2019

About last week at synthesis gallery: our youngest visitor having his first VR experience.

‘So Far, Still So Close’ by Yu Hong & Nikita Shalenny was presented by synthesis gallery, Radiance VR and Khora Contemporary during Gallery Weekend 2019.

Photo credits: Justin Kulske

Synthesis would like to thank very much the many visitors who came by for ‘So Far, Still So Close’ by Yu Hong & Nikita S...
05/05/2019

Synthesis would like to thank very much the many visitors who came by for ‘So Far, Still So Close’ by Yu Hong & Nikita Shalenny.

The show was organized by synthesis gallery alongside Radiance VR and Khora Contemporary and curated by George Vitale (Synthesis Gallery) and Tina Sauerländer (Radiance VR). Big thanks to our sponsor Grover!

In the picture: Anita Zabludowicz, founder of the Zabludowicz Collection and Elizabeth Neilson director at Zabludowicz Collection.

Photo credits: Justin Kulske

Last week’s highlights: thank you so much to Vodafone and the European Union Presidency for inviting synthesis to join t...
28/03/2019

Last week’s highlights: thank you so much to Vodafone and the European Union Presidency for inviting synthesis to join the conversation on the role of technology in facilitating the access to culture and the current state of VR in the art world.

On March 19th, synthesis Gallery flies to Brussels to take part in the event 'Access to culture: does technology help or...
06/03/2019

On March 19th, synthesis Gallery flies to Brussels to take part in the event 'Access to culture: does technology help or hinder?' organized by Vodafone and the European Union Presidency at the majestic Bibliothèque Solvay.

synthesis’ founder and curator George Vitale will join representatives of the art world and academia in the discussion around the role played by technology in ensuring an increased access to culture: what are the risks, what are the opportunities? The debate will take place in front of European Commission and European Parliament officials, Member States attachés and tech experts.

synthesis will exhibit Pablo Dornhege’s work ’Wadi Al Helo’: a virtual reality visit of the cultural heritage site Wadi al Helo (arabic for “sweet valley”, located in the eastern area of the Emirate of Sharjah).

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synthesis gallery, the first VR art gallery, is an immersive blend of technology and art displayed under one roof, showcasing cutting-edge experiences by new wave artists and visionaries through virtual reality. Founded in New York in October 2017 by George Vitale, the gallery opened his doors to the public in April 2018 in Berlin. synthesis’ shows have been regularly selected and recommended by Berlin Art Week and participated in art festivals such as Transmediale/Vorspiel and Retune. Pieces are displayed through different media. Tangible and traditional art forms intermingle with Oculus and Vive headsets. Dedicated to exhibiting internationally renowned, well-established artists alongside emerging ones, since its inception, synthesis has garnered considerable attention in the art scene.

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