La Apparizione

Khora Contemporary
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Play Area

Standing

Room-scale

Input Method

VIVE Controllers

VIVE Cosmos Controllers

Content Rating

Everyone

Release Date

Latest Update

Version

1

Media Type

App

Number of Players

Singleplayer

Languages

Interface Audio Subtitles

English (United States)

English (United Kingdom)

System requirements

Available OS

Windows 7

Windows 8.1

Windows 10

Available OS Bit

64-bit

Processor

Intel i5 4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater

Memory

8 GB

DirectX Version

Disk Space

1 GB

Graphics

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater

Additional Notes

Developer information

Developer

Khora Contemporary

Contact

info@khoracontemporary.com

Publisher

Khora Contemporary

Contact

info@khoracontemporary.com

COMPATIBLE WITH:

VIVE
VIVE Cosmos
VIVE Pro
VIVE Cosmos Elite

GENRE:

Art & Design

Description

CHRISTIAN LEMMERZ
La Apparizione, 2017
Virtual Reality Artwork
© Christian Lemmerz and Khora Contemporary 

Entering the virtual reality of Lemmerz’ La Apparizione, one encounters the Crucified One. A golden tortured body, released from the cross and floating in deep darkness, his wounds revealing flesh and blood behind the glistening metal surface of his skin.

This must be how one pictures a sacral peepshow. Exposed to the viewer through the extreme visuality of the VR medium is a fusion between the suffering Saviour and a bodybuilder bordering on vulgarity. In this space in between pathos and irony, between fake and real, the golden “Silver Surfer”, Jesus Christ, endures the bodily event of death – this death that we live.

Throughout history, the representations of the Crucifixion of Christ take many shapes – from the suffering body and sacrifice in the Middle Ages to the conquering divine anatomical Christ in the renaissance. In the work all different depictions of Christ seem to merge across high and low culture, constituting one ultimate icon. A chimera of history just returned from the future, his breath and sound simultaneously as human as divine, as post-human as post-divine.

This space of Virtual Reality is indeed a manipulated space determined by how our brains construct the reality. As a space of imagination it operates on a level between form and formlessness, as if the living metal could suddenly change shape. At the same time it enables an aestheticization of the horrific pain, the spilling vomit and blood appearing as liquid gold, leaving the irrational psyche in a shattering state of perception but also delight.

Visions, dreams and out-of-body experiences are phenomena, which have defied our perception of the real for a long time. As a new medium and technology, Virtual Reality probes human consciousness, one of the last frontiers of neuroscience and philosophy. Taking place at this threshold of reality through the medium, Lemmerz’ depiction of Christ questions the very nature of existence, the feeling of being there, our sense of self.

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What's New

Christian Lemmerz and Khora Contemporary present the Artist's first VR artwork: La Apparizione. This artwork is first part of Christian Lemmerz's VR trilogy. Produced in 2017, La Apparizione is followed by TRAUM (2018) and Locus Solus (Coming Soon).

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