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METAmorphosis is back!

14 December 2022 Journal News

Launched at the last edition of the fair, the METAmorphosis project is the result of dialogue between Artissima and Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, in collaboration with the technical partners Artshell, REVIBE – Metaverse Experience Factory and Studio legale LCA. The aim of the initiative is to reflect on the relationship of art, technology and innovation, inviting contemporary artists to experiment with the production of digital artworks in the Metaverse.

What are the phases of the METAmorphosis project?
During Artissima 2022, based on careful study on the part of Ilaria Bonacossa, director of the National Museum of Digital Art in Milan and creator of Surfing NFT, the four artists and the respective four galleries participating in the project were selected: Marcos Lutyens – Alberta Pane, Paris, Venice / Eva & Franco Mattes – Apalazzogallery, Brescia / Rebeca Romero – Copperfield, London / R M – Martina Simeti, Milan.

The participating artists, thanks to a training cycle of three sessions, are presently exploring the politics and visions of new digital worlds, with the support of the project partners and experts in the field. Above all, they investigate the potentialities and limits of creativity in the Metaverse. The encounters set out to provide the artists with the correct foundations on which to invent a project – thanks to a production budget provided by Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT – that narrates the digital transformation one of their physical works might have in the Metaverse, particularly in a 3D digital version of the dome of OGR Torino, uploaded and visible on the Spatial platform.

The winner, who will be announced in early March 2023, will be given the opportunity to concretely produce their project idea, digitizing their own physical work, and to see them both become part of the Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT collection. The project will conclude with the installation of the works, physical and digital, within the physical and virtual dome of OGR Turin during an event dedicated to METAmorphosis in the month of May 2023.

Who does the jury consist of?
The international jury of the OGR Award will be composed of: Amira Gad, head of programmes of LAS – Light Art Space in Berlin; Lars Henrik Gass, director of the International Festival Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen; Samuele Piazza, senior curator of OGR Torino; and Domenico Quaranta, art critic, curator, lecturer and author of Beyond New Media Art and Surfing with Satoshi. Arte, blockchain e NFT.

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