Virtual Q18

25.05 -07.06.2020 – Virtual exhibition – Virtual Q18

The Q18 room in the artist studio space Quartier am Hagen is transformed into a virtual, digital exhibition project. The artists Pascal Sender, Olga Federova and Guillermo Federico Heinze created site specific virtual works for the space. The audience can perceive the works online on the homepage, Instagram and Facebook. The artworks are related to the real space and connected to given themes. The forms of the display differ between figurative, narrative animations and a virtual interactive filter.

Date me digital

The exhibition project Date me Digital is showing four different projects related to different thematic fields of digital art. International artists are displayed in a dialog with regional media artists. The title Date me Digital refers to the deep confrontation into the four topics and the current use of the digital media to the practice of dating.

table of contents “date me digital”

Pascal Sender

Pascal Sender studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the class of Peter Doig and is currently a student at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. In his analog and digital works he is trying to include the audience. In a dialog via livestream he is creating colourful worlds full of digital symbols. Sender started a few years ago developing filters for Instagram. In this new interactive working process, he is giving the viewers the chance perceiving artworks in a very personal way. For the exhibition Virtual Q18 he built the filter Virtual Body. With the mobile phone and the front camera, it´s possible to walk through the animated exhibition. 

Exhibition: Pandemic Love

Olga Federova studied art in Brussels and Moscow and is based in Brussels. Federova is working at the border between photography, painting, video and installation. With the help of the rendering software she is constructing three-dimensional shapes, that she is adding to her sterile rooms. Often, she is relating her compositions and figures to art historical and film models, that she is interpreting in a new way. The surreal dystopian display evokes worrying situations, that are familiar and distraught at the same time. The new developed work pandemic love is depicting a police car with a loving couple in the exhibition space. Flying drones are observing the women and are displayed in a contrast to the neon writing at the wall stay at home.

Exhibition: Transient Landscape

Guillermo Federico Heinze studied arts at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and he is integrating in his works various digital techniques. Heinze is interested in the different perception of light and he is an expert in developing holograms. For the project Virtual Q18 he created a surreal situation with mirrors and light. Heinze decided to put mirrors at the walls and combine them with lightning orange and blue lines at the ceiling and floor. Dark trees and a welcoming big animated hand are leading the viewer through the space.

Wilko Austermann

Wilko Austermann (*1990) hat Kunstgeschichte an der HHU Düsseldorf und an der Sapienza in Rom studiert. Austermann kuratiert seit 2014 Kunstprojekte, in denen er Künstler zu bestimmten Fragestellungen zusammenbringt. Ihm ist der Diskurs über aktuelle Themen, an inhaltlich passenden Ausstellungsorten wichtig. Seit 2017 organisiert Austermann Ausstellungen im MMIII Kunstverein Mönchengladbach und dem Krefelder Kunstverein. 2018 kuratierte er die Schau digital gods im Rahmen des Festivals die digitale in Düsseldorf. Seitdem betreibt der Kunsthistoriker Recherche über den Einfluss des Digitalem auf die