Ausstellungsrundgang «Virtual Beauty» am 21.07.2024 fällt aus (˚ ˃̣̣̥⌓˂̣̣̥ ) (ᵔ◡ᵔ) Wed & Fri: 12-6pm; Thu: 12-8pm; Sat & Sun: 12-5pm (*´︶`*) Effective immediately: New opening hours ٩(◕‿◕)۶
Ausstellungsrundgang «Virtual Beauty» am 21.07.2024 fällt aus (˚ ˃̣̣̥⌓˂̣̣̥ ) (◕‿◕) Wed & Fri: 12-6pm; Thu: 12-8pm; Sat & Sun: 12-5pm (´・ᴗ・ ` ) Effective immediately: New opening hours (◕‿◕)
Exhibition
30.05.18.08.2024

Harriet Davey’s solo exhibition on virtual.hek, «Whowle Hearted,» beckons you into the enigmatic and fantastical dream world of Grangor, explored through Davey’s digital alter-ego, Whowle.

Costs:
Free

Based in Berlin, Germany, Davey is an established 3D artist and designer whose works often delve into the dynamics of avatars, bodies, and the fluidity of identity across both physical and digital domains. Their solo exhibition offers an interactive journey through a curated collection of her new and past creations, weaving them together into a Gesamtkunstwerk that visitors can explore in a 'choose your own adventure' style net-based artwork. Visitors are transformed into players, navigating through cinematic sequences and narrative passages as Whowle, Davey's digital counterpart and alter-ego.

Whowle embodies a non-binary character that amalgamates aspects of the artist's physical appearance with supernaturally luminous skin, pointed elven ears, and nymph-like bone structure. Adorned in a variety of captivating ensembles, Whowle's muscular physique is sometimes draped in attire inspired by cyber siglist fashion, steampunk armor, or reminiscent of Thierry Mugler's designs. The fluid presence of this avatar transcends conventional dichotomies, blurring boundaries between human and digital, feminine and masculine, softness and hardness.

Upon entering virtual.hek.ch, you'll embark on an odyssey through the dream realm of Grangor, in search of enigmatic artifacts. Guided by Whowle across treacherous landscapes inspired by Davey's upbringing amidst the isolated moors of Yorkshire, the experience delves into hidden lore and intricate world-building, drawing references from past works and live-streamed gameplay. Notably, Grangor serves as the speculative setting for all of Davey’s past real-time performances. Davey emphasizes, "everything here is canon!" The journey is arduous, devoid of any 'easy mode.' It is further enhanced by original generative music and foley soundscapes crafted by the composer duo snake_case.

The exhibition is hosted on virtual.hek.ch, HEK’s online exhibition space and opens on Thursday, May 30th at 13:00 CET. Davey will join the online exhibition space, hosting a DnD-style interactive read-through of their work, where visitors will be treated as her players. She will guide them through the storyline, providing additional insights and world-building, collectively deciding on Whowle’s fate in their grand adventure through Grangor.

Press Release

«Whowle Hearted,» acts as a prelude to the upcoming «Virtual Beauty» exhibition at HEK, in which Davey is also featured. From social media filters and dating apps to artificial intelligence to biometrics, the exhibition «Virtual Beauty» examines the impact of the latest digital technologies on the definition of beauty and how they radically transform our notions of gender, sexuality, race, and identity.

Harriet Davey is a 3D Artist and Art Director based in Berlin. Through the exploration of gender non-conforming virtual avatars, Davey restores and reclaims the bodies extorted by a male dominated gaming industry. Obsessed with questioning what it means to be fluid and human in a digital world: their work examines and interrogates the ugly and the beautiful; the maximum and the minimum; the online and the offline

snake_case is a London based composer/performer duo, whose work encompasses installation, performance, and composition. Their work explores the boundaries of human-machine interaction by creating algorithmic sound collages. In striving to redefine the idea of creativity in the digital age, they investigate the confluence of art, sound, and technology.

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Artists: Harriet Davey
Curators: Isabella Maund