Artist talk: Weronika M. Lewandowska
KIBLIX 2021 / Artist talk
Weronika M. Lewandowska
Thursday, 24 June 2021, at 7 p.m. (CET)
You are kindly invited to MMC KIBLA on Thursday, 24 June 2021, at 7 p.m. (CET). We will present the Polish artist Weronika M. Lewandowska, currently hosted by KIBLA2LAB, at the international art residency of the RUK network, as part of the KIBLIX festival. Weronika will talk about her artistic practice, and you will also be able to try out her immersive virtual reality experience Nightsss.
Participation in the event is possible according to the PCT (recovered-vaccinated-tested) protocol. Welcome!
Weronika M. Lewandowska is a Polish spoken word poet, director, writer, and executive producer of VR Nightsss. She has PhD in cultural studies. She is a researcher of new media and immersion experiences, a lecturer of creative writing and transmedia art at the University SWPS and design trends at School of Forms in Warsaw and VR Creative Consultant for BioMinds Healthcare XR system, which explores a new way for neurological rehabilitation. She was an artist in Residence of The Performing Art International Visegrad Fund in Prague 2020 (360° Poetry Performance for CrossAttic/Bazaar Festival). Holder of The Artistic Scholarship of the City of Warsaw for 2021. Currently, in her artistic practice, she is focused on new media tools and immersive ways of expression that interfere with corporeality, embody presence, and have the potential to create non-binary digital stories. She is interested in perception, avatars creation, human voice and movement in virtual environments, the future of real-time live performances and neural input, haptic innovations for VR/AR/XR experiences.
Nightsss – a sensual VR experience of poetry, dance and nature
Nightsss is an artistic animation with ASMR and interactive elements that immerses the viewer in the sensual experience of poetry, dance and nature. The script was based on the spoken word poem Nightsss, in which the sounds characteristic of the Polish language create onomatopoeic landscapes crossing language barriers. What will you hear and see in the Nightsss environment if you can play with space and the space plays with your imagination and memory? Even when you do not understand words, emotions flow from ASMR sound relations and rhythmic structures, and from the choreography of the character you will meet in the virtual world. Nightsss opens up the immersant for a sensual encounter with her/his own body, imagination and virtual space, which subtly resonate in thoughts and movements even after exiting the experience.
The project was financed under the Ministry of Science and Higher Education programme within the framework of the Regional Initiative of Excellence for the years 2019–2022, project number 023/RID/2018/19, funding sum PLN 11 865 100.
Producers: vnLab and Film School in Lodz