Voiding the Void
3D Visualization: Marija Milovanovic
VR Programming: Alex Lashkhi
Voinding the Void is made by Ana Knezevic in 2019 as part of the CultureHub NYC Residency.
Voiding the Void is Now Available on SteamVR from March 27th to August 27th, 2020
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Voiding the Void is an HTC Vive VR installation. Viewers pass through virtual spaces in the installation, exploring shapes and sounds from afar and within. This movement triggers subtle shifts that offer the viewer new relationships to the virtual space they are in and the world they return to. Within the installation, there are five different virtual spaces with unique environments consisting of shapes, sounds, and light. To travel between the virtual spaces, you must navigate to the center of the space you are in. Once you reach the center of the symmetrical space, you will automatically pass through to the next room.
Ana Knezevic is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist born in Serbia. She is making light and sound installations and experiential technology informed works to shift dominant narratives and explore meditative through new territories related to space. Knezevic completed her MFA degree in painting at the University of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Serbia in 2002. She studied MFA in painting at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 2003/04. Ana has exhibited her art in all leading galleries and art venues in her home country including the exhibition space of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade (2015). For her installation work, she has received prestigious national awards including the Vladimir Velickovic prize in 2009. Beyond Serbia, she has exhibited in the USA, France, Hungary, and Bulgaria. She has been awarded major New York City art grants: International CEC ArtsLink Residency Award in 2012 and a Pollock-Krasner award for 2017/2018 as well as CultureHub NYC Residency grant 2018/2019. She has lived and worked in New York City since 2013.
Ana Knezevic creates light and sound installations in real and VR spaces with reduced visual elements, heightening the viewers awareness of the immaterial. She visually emphasize the ‘void’ (the invisible) and articulate it in such a way that it becomes ‘accessible’ to the viewers through their own experience. By reducing visual elements and setting the environment with light, geometry and sound, she try to make the spectators aware of the more subtle qualities of the ‘empty’ space. Her installations are accompanied with sine wave sounds that acts as a meditative focus point in the installation. She would like to overcome the limits of the established concepts and bring new spatial experiences in order to open a way for people to appreciate the immaterial and the invisible. Harmony, balance and symmetry are key elements in her work. She would like the viewer to turn towards emotive/intuitive experience, instead of knowledge, to give advantage to meditative over manipulative, to open space to individual experience.
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Voiding the Void Installation at CultureHub NYC (Photo Credit: Livia Sa)