28.04.23 - 02.09.23 | Feral Metaverse, Solo Exhibition, Galerie Nagel Draxler | Crypto Kiosk, Berlin, DE
Opening Reception: Friday, April 28th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Opening hours during Gallery Weekend:
Sat, 29.4. 11-7 pm
Sun, 30.4. 11-6 pm
"Upon entering the World, players are dropped on a random location. The World feels vast, tactile and muddy. But also pleasant, bucolic and dreamlike. The World is large, without many discernible features. Navigation is hard. Players are sparsely placed and hard to find."
(Excerpt from the Feral Metaverse Manifesto by Theo Triantafyllidis)
For his first exhibition with Galerie Nagel Draxler, Theo Triantafyllidis (*1988 in Athens, lives and works in Los Angeles and Athens) will create an Online Multiplayer Game, where players are dropped naked and voiceless into a bleak environment. Their only path to survival is kindness.
Triantafyllidis is an artist who works with digital and physical media to explore the experience of space and the mechanics of embodiment in hybrid realities. Utilizing algorithms and game engines, virtual reality headsets and experimental performance processes, he creates interactions within immersive environments. In Triantafyllidis’s worlds awkward interactions and precarious physics mingle with uncanny, absurd and poetic situations, inviting the viewer to engage with new realities. Through the lens of monster theory, he investigates themes of isolation, sexuality and violence in their visceral extremities. He offers computational humor and AI improvisation as a response to the tech industry’s agenda. He tries to give back to the online and gaming communities that he considers both the inspiration and context for his work by remaining an active participant and contributor. The artist holds an MFA from UCLA, Design Media Arts and a Diploma of Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens. He has shown work in museums, including House of Electronic Arts in Basel, Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and NRW Forum in Dusseldorf. He was part of the 2021 Athens Biennale: Eclipse, Berliner Festspiele 2021, Sundance New Frontier 2020 and Hyper Pavilion in the 2017 Venice Biennale.