Luc Courchesne

Ephemeral Ontologies - Wien Chiaroscuro

Curation: Ruth Schnell and Tommy Schneider

Ausstellungsdauer: 26.11.2021 - 11.02.2022
Öffnungszeiten: 10:00 - 20:00
Ort: Schauraum Angewandte - quartier 21 im MQ, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Wien


What if the design of the spaces we visit or inhabit was the work of algorithms ? In computer and information science, the definition in a database of categories, properties and relations between elements forms an ontology. When displayed in immersive experience apparatuses, ontologies expose explorable architectures of information. Ephemeral Ontologies is a framework for the construction of algorithmically generated explorable worlds. It facilitates the creation of assets (dataset) and algorithms that interpret the metadata for the design of explorable architectures in real-time. Wien Chiaroscuro is an immersive VR experience developed with the Ephemeral Ontologies (EO) authoring tools. The project documents contemporary Viennese society through interviews with people and visits to the places they inhabit.

Artist, designer and professor Luc Courchesne creates engaging works in the field of interactive media art, which have been exhibited and collected around the world. He received Quebec’s Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas (2019) and Canada’s Governor General’s Award in Media Arts (2021). The graduate of NSCAD (Halifax, CA) and MIT (Cambridge, US) lives in Montreal. He was artist in residence at the MuseumsQuartier in November 2021.

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