Tony Oursler. Le Volcan Poetics tattoo & UFO
Eight years after the extensive retrospective exhibition held at the PAC (Milan) titled Open Oscura, curated by Demetrio Paparoni and Gianni Mercurio, Tony Oursler has returned to Milan with an exhibition at the Dep Art Gallery titled The Volcano and Poetics Tattoo. Once again curated by Paparoni, from the 6th of April to the 1st of June the exhibition by the American artist presents his most recent works: the Le Volcan 3D video (2015-2016), Spacemen R My Friended virtual reality (2016) and the video installation Lapsed C with photo luminescent screen Poetics Tattoo (1977-2017). Never satisfied with traditional modes of production or presentation of the moving image, Oursler takes three different approaches in this exhibition. The works presented at the Milanese gallery are ideated in such a way as to experiment the disorientating effects which technology has on people, something which is often to be found in Oursler's works. Thanks to the help of special 3D visors the public is invited to immerse itself both in the virtual and psychoactive optical 'settings' and lurk among the characters created by the artist. In a suggestive staging in darkness constellated by the projections, the gallery will therefore be "inhabited" by three-dimensional and virtual persons and places. As Demetrio Paparoni writes in the catalogue: "Tony Oursler works exhibited in the Dep Art Gallery continue the artist's research treating the relationship between the psyche and technology, investigating the need on the part of the human being to give answers to events considered as being mysterious. These three works share the artists interest in fantastical yet documentary histories which focus on the creative dynamics of belief systems. In this way the artist evidences how mankind is never content with mere scientific explanations, manifesting a powerful attraction for everything that it is unable to explain".