Invited by the Goethe-Institut and Studio XX in Montréal, curators Erandy Vergara and Tina Sauerlaender developed the concept for their exhibition series Critical Approaches in Virtual Reality Art in 2018. This series brings together Erandy Vergara’s engagement with postcolonial and feminist perspectives on media art and theory and Tina Sauerlaender’s curatorial engagement with digital technologies and Virtual Reality.
Tina Sauerlaender is an art historian, curator and writer based in Berlin. She focuses on the impact of the digital and the internet on individual environments and society. With her exhibition hub peer to space she has been organizing international group shows since 2010, e.g The Unframed World. Virtual Reality as Artistic Medium for the 21st Century at HeK Basel in 2017. She is co-founder of Radiance, an online platform for artistic VR experiences, and of MiRAA, the Mixed Reality Academy fo the Arts. She is the founder of the SALOON, a European network for women working in art in Berlin, Brussels, Dresden, Hamburg, Paris and Vienna. She is a PhD candidate at The University of Art and Design Linz, Austria. + info: peertospace.eu // Radiancevr.co // miraa.org // saloon-berlin.de
Erandy Vergara curates, investigates, reads and writes about contemporary and media art. Her main research interests include feminism, global art histories, curatorial studies, and postcolonialism, with a particular interest in remix cultures, the strengths and downfalls of science and technology, decolonial uses of media, critical histories of virtual reality and A.I., and the aesthetics and ethics of participation. She earned a MA at Concordia University and a PhD in Art History at McGill University. Since 2005 she has curated a number of international exhibitions; recent show include Art et intelligence artificielle : Explorations artistiques à Montréal (2019), and Speculative Cultures (Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Gallery, Parsons School of Design (2019).