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The Virtual Condition

12 Oct 2023

Time:3:00pm - 4:30pm


Online via Zoom

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This event will be conducted in English. All are welcome.


Moderated by Ashley Lee Wong

The virtual condition is a current tendency in cultural spheres toward the interdependence of physical and digital spaces, as well as the coexistence of multiple exhibition temporalities for art’s mediation and reception. It is based on an ontological perspective of virtual realism, which considers the virtual to be as real as the physical. Through some recent projects, such as Beyond Matter or ARE YOU FOR REAL, the talk will enlighten this preliminary definition of the virtual condition. The Beyond Matter project scrutinized the virtual condition in art production and mediation by means of practice-based research, resulting in a plurality of media that includes virtual and augmented realities, digital models and digital artworks, presented in a network of computer-based and physical exhibition spaces that generated hybrid experiences. ARE YOU FOR REAL is a hybrid platform for transnational dialogue around digital world-making, exploring the influence of science and computation.


Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás is a curator and art historian. She has curated exhibitions around themes such as the genealogy and social impact of planetary computation or electronic surveillance and democracy at institutions of contemporary and media art worldwide since 2006, including at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), Nam June Paik Art Center (Seoul), Tallinna Kunstihoone, and the Ludwig Museum Budapest. In 2019 Nolasco-Rózsás started her curatorial research into the “virtual condition” and she is the initiator and head of the international collaborative project Beyond Matter at ZKM | Karlsruhe, which brings together several institutions such as Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the Aalto University.

Ashley Lee Wong is a curator and scholar of art and technology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Co-organized by:
Master of Arts in Cultural Management Programme, CUHK and the Centre for Cultural Studies, CUHK