Virtual Office was a series of workshops in the field of digital culture, providing reflection on new forms of participation in online art and culture. It was a platform for exchange of digital inspirations and practical experimentation with web-based activities.
The pandemic caused (if not imposed) a digital transformation in many areas, including culture and art. The promise brought by the early Internet is resonating anew: an egalitarian, inclusive, accessible, public, shared space. However, in practice technologies are neither inclusive nor – after a year with the pandemic – exciting. The paradox of new media (“what’s new will soon be obsolete”) meets the digital fatigue of months-long online communication.
The series of four Virtual Office online workshops refers to four respective BWA exhibitions and various technologies/tools: multimedia stories, audio, artificial intelligence and augmented reality.
Each workshop consisted of a theoretical part – prepared by the curator, Anna Desponds – and a practical one, presented by invited guests. Together with the participants and under the supervision of the four moderators, we attempted a closer look at solutions which might allow a broader exhibition perspective, expanding it to include digital space and experimentation with different tools or media.
The workshops resulted in a digital mind map presenting themes brought up during the meetings.
- HYBRID ART: Interactive narrations x Hybrid-In, Philo van Kemenade
- INVISIBLE BORDERS: Audio x If everything that exists has its place, Agnieszka Słodownik
- TECHNOLOGY, SEEMINGLY ALIVE, IS DEAD: Artificial Intelligence (AI) x Funeral Imagination, Alexa Steinbrück
- DIGITAL IDENTITIES: Augmented Reality (AR) x Mon Cheri Sovietique, Tomasz Miśkiewicz
Curator: Anna Desponds
Production: Ganna Grudnytska
The activity was part of the project Common Aspirations Office. Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, Culture Promotion Fund. Co-financed by the Municipality of Wrocław.
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