VR Art Camp SHOW & TELL
With Merve Caskurlu, Jader and Leila Weefur!
Experience being in a virtual art piece while engaging in a conversation with the artist!
Please join our Show & Tell in the Art Camp Commons in Mozilla Hubs*, when resident artists give a 20 min tour in their VR studios that they’ve built during their residency.
Link will be sent upon registration.
10-11:30am PST // 7-8:30pm CET
9:45-10:00 Warm Up Exercise - learn how to move around
10:00-10:15 Intro in Art Camp Commons
10:15-10:40 Leila Weefur
11:05-11:30 Merve Caskurlu
If this is your first time in Mozilla Hubs, please join our warm up exercise 15 minutes before the Show & Tell at 9:45 am PST! We'll show you the basic technical skills so you can participate in the event the most comfortably. Fast internet and computer (with a mouse ;) can make a difference in your experience.
Here is a video that helps to navigate in the Art Camp Commons: https://youtu.be/X-xExAiofHA
Art Camp is a homesome virtual art residency and gathering, an alternative to our many missing social events. Womxn and underrepresented artists investigate the possibilities of creating and inhabiting a communal place with care that is accessible both on a browser and in virtual reality. The residency accumulates in the Show & Tell on the last Sundays of every second month.
ABOUT our July Cohort:
Merve Caskurlu, born and based in Istanbul-Turkey, is an interdisciplinary artist whose work investigates the relationship between space, memory, and technology. She is interested in the transience of space transformed by urban developments and technological processes. She seeks alternative perspectives on transitory spaces by using digital tools and strategies.
She collaborated with Lynn Marie Kirby in 2019 for an AR site-specific project titled “Memory Holes” and displayed it in various public spaces in Istanbul. She is one of the founders of Co-leXers, an emerging collective engaging architecture, art, and new media with a trans-disciplinary approach. The most recent project titled “Historical Traces and Virtual Cities” was created by the Co-leXer team and held during the Istanbul Architecture Festival in 2020. The curated workshop used the 3-D models of particular districts in Istanbul and later transferred them to the virtual reality platform. The participants reflected their perceptions of the urban transformation by using the audiovisual scenarios belong to various periods.
She completed her Ph.D. project in San Francisco in 2020 with Fulbright Visiting Researcher grant. Since 2015, she works as an Assistant Professor in the Visual Communication Design Department of Yeditepe University in Istanbul. Her works have been exhibited in France, Italy, Armenia, and Turkey. She co-directed various events, one of which is the “amber’15 Art and Technology Festival,” a pioneering media art event in Turkey. She is currently involved in an R&D design project, selected as one of the finalists by the jury of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.
Jader is an interdisciplinary artist making work that inhabits the space between fact and fantasy, like a funhouse mirror held up to the world. By way of a bold, colorful aesthetic and no small dose of camp and humor, Jader’s work is as nightmarish as it is cartoonish, yet conceptually grounded in the universality of the human (and queer) condition. Employing bright, pigmented makeup, custom-built prosthetics, and bizarre character studies, Jader creates films and images that imagine parallel realities and offer a glimpse into a new frontier that is equal parts alluring and unnerving. Jader also fosters a performance practice and his collective Toxic Waste Face (with Pseuda and Urheinous) has performed at Miami Art Basel, Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway, and various other venues across the US; the group received a California Arts Council Artists in Communities grant in 2019. Jader has a degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and splits their time between LA and San Francisco.
Leila Weefur (He/They/She) is an artist, writer, and curator based in Oakland, CA. Through video and installation, their art practice examines the performativity intrinsic to systems of belonging. The work brings together concepts of the sensorial memory, abject Blackness, hyper surveillance, and the erotic. Weefur is a lecturer of film and video at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.
Space is limited to 21 active participants. As a Room Guest, you may engage in conversation with the artists after the presentations. In case the room is full, you can still watch the event from the Lobby, which is limited for viewing only. Please arrive on time in order to be our Room Guest! (Link will be sent upon registration)
Your generous donations support the collective labor of Art Camp artists and to maintain our gatherings, but no-one turned away for lack of funds. NOTAFLOF
Poster includes images by Merve Caskurlu, Jader and Leila Weefur. Collage made by Judit Navratil.
*Mozilla Hubs is accessible with or without VR headsets, simply in your browser (computer, phones, tablets etc.) - best on Firefox.
Use these keys for navigation:
Arrow keys or
WS (move forward-back)
AD (move left-right)
cursor or QE for rotation
holding SHIFT makes your move faster
press G to enable flying mode (and don’t get stuck on 3D objects)
or find further info here: https://hubs.mozilla.com/docs/hubs-controls.html
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