What will you do if you became witness of a crime? It’s wrong or not to try to avoid the problem? If you had the opportunity to stop a murder, risking your own life, would you do it?
I’ve mixed photo, draw (it has a part of other of my artworks: The SandMan, Olimpia) and digital art on it. The witness observing the murder is lost in the yellow, the main color in the picture, because yellow color can be bright as the sun, but can also be the color of the disease and the shock… depends on the tone. The murder scene is inspired in the last scene of the game Tomb Raider Legend.
After him–after him–why do you pause? Coppelius, Coppelius, has robbed me of my best automaton–a work of twenty years–body and soul set upon it–the clock-work–the speech–the walk, mine; the eyes stolen from you. The infernal rascal–after him; fetch Olympia–there you have the eyes!
The Sandman, E.T.A Hoffmann.
Olympia is one of the characters of the E.T.A Hoffmann’s tale The Sandman, a grotesque story written on the romanticism era about fear, madness, blind love and droids, but if you read closer you will see that it’s a complex analysis of the paper of the women in the society of that time, but also ours.
Olimpia is that prototype of unreal women desired by men, a droid that didn’t choose her path, but what will happen if she had the chance to choose?
I made my version of this mysterious woman in 2010 for Illustration in Fine Arts, but also for the immersive intervention The SandMan in Second Life, that was exposed in the UWA challenge and in Arte Libera‘s virtual gallery. You can find more information about E.T.A Hoffmann’s tale and about this intervention in “Related articles”.
Artist, art critic, virtual builder, editor… Juanita Deharo approaches art, science and her passion for books to metaverse platforms. She’s specially interested in be a part of the reflection in global enviroment’s problems caused by humans. Recently, she visit our intervervention The SandMan at Arte Libera and wrote a fantastic art critique about. Pol and I want to mercy her not only about the critique, but the incredible captures she took (we love specially the last one). Thank you so much Juanita!
If you want to read the critique she wrote and know a bit better this global con-science artist, here you have some links!
From Tuesday 7th to the end of September
Arte Libera is particularly proud to hosts again the spanish artist Noke Yuitza, author di one of the best exhibit at the gipsy gallery in 2009: “Deep fire – Fuoco profondo”.
This time Noke presents a performance in cooperation with another great artist of the Metaverse: Pol Jarvinen. They sign an immersive exhibit ixpired to the Hoffmann tale’s “The Sandman” and to its ballet “Coppelia”. Noke and Pol choosed to performance this singular plot in 5 installations, like 5 acts of a piece of theatre, and the first chapter is hosted at Il Giardino di Arte Libera, particularly close to the poetry of this gothic and romantic author.
I’m happy to met Noke long time ago: I appreciated her instantly for her original and deep works and now I discover she has still grow as an artist. Her reading of this poem, particularly poetic and intense, invites us to enter in an avulsed dimention, for discovering in ourself something of the dreamer Nathaniel. The cooperation with Pol offers moreover a very precious value added. Pol’s lights, sounds and particles give to this art immersion a unique and unforgettable experience. I suggest you to read the whole Hoffmann’s tale (you can find a link at the end of the note) or, if you are too busy, at least the pieces choosen by Noke for this first stage (see note in attachment).
(By E.T.A. Hoffmann)