February 7, 2023

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MUD Foundation Kicks Off the Third Year of Media Under Dystopia, a Hybrid Exhibition Program Supporting Artists Working at the Center of Art + Technology

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MUD Foundation announces Media Under Dystopia 3.0: WASD, a new exhibition that features projects by artists that explore ideas of collaboration, performance, extractivism, and the intersection of physical and digital realms. At its core, the exhibition centers around the use of the internet as its own creative medium.

“WASD” keys became the standard for moving around virtual worlds on the left side of our keyboard interface. First used in 1986 in “Dark Castle,” a video game made by Silicon Beach Software, WASD keys became the primary form of navigating virtual spaces moving forward. The WASD edition of Media Under Dystopia 3.0 takes on the idea of WASD keys as a conceptual framework that invites participants and visitors to navigate the space of the internet as an artistic metaverse.

Each of the works call upon visitors to experience and engage with them in a virtual realm, intentionally positioning them as active participants in the artworks themselves. This idea is core to MUD Foundation’s mission – expanding beyond the traditional means of experiencing art and deconstructing the walls of a space by opening up the boundless space of the metaverse as an access point for creative engagement.

Building upon previous iterations of its exhibitions program, this year MUD foundation is publicly launching its own metaverse platform, Onland.io–an open web-based metaverse with a mission of facilitating educational and artistic projects where the internet, data, virtual reality, and art converge. Onland.io will be the metaverse host platform for all of Media Under Dystopia exhibitions– past, present and future–ensuring that these artworks can exist and evolve in perpetuity beyond the run of their physical presentations.

Artist Ariel Baron-Robbins

Within the exhibition, artist Antonio Mendez, aka Queef Latina, uses the metaverse to bring drag performance and culture into a new dimension–to be experienced in various interfaces–allowing viewers of any age, ability, or background to immerse themselves. In the work of Vuk Cosic, the intersection of digital and cultural histories is explored through the research and reimagining of “card stunts” used in various historical contexts where individuals become only a pixel and are surrogate to the collective inertia. Rafael Rodriguez’s work explores the phygital realm by translating data from the actual to the virtual, through sensor interfaces.

Artist Vuk Cosic

Including both local and international artists, the participating artists in the exhibition include Ariel Baron-Robbins, Vuk Cosic, Vladan Joler, Antonio Mendez, Rafael Rodriguez Gárciga and Alba Triana. Onland.io will publicly launch with artworks by these participating artists and also, Leo Castaneda, Jose Hernandez and Yucef Merhi.

Artist Vladan Joler

Media Under Dystopia: 3.0: WASD is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Antonio Mendez

The artwork Augmented Drag Reality by Antonio Mendez is funded by The Ellies, Miami’s visual arts awards, presented by Oolite Arts with additional support from MUD Foundation. MUD Foundation is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artist Rafael Rodriguez Gárciga

Collectors, art lovers and tech enthusiasts are invited to experience Media Under Dystopia 3.0: WASD at MUD Foundation in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach Monday, November 28th through Monday, December 5th featuring projects by artists that explore ideas of collaboration, performance, extractivism, and the intersection of the physical and digital realms. This Event is FREE & Open to the Public / RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE. Miami Art Week Gallery Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm. Additional hours by appointment only, kindly email: [email protected]

Artist Alba Triana

Guests are also invited to join The MUD Foundation, Miami’s only Art and Technology non-profit, for an interactive workshop exploring Art, NFTs and the Metaverse. The workshop ‘Foundations of Digital Art, NFT’s and the Metaverse’ will be led by former Digital Art Professor Ariel Baron-Robbins, outreach coordinator for The MUD Foundation. Please consider joining as a member or drop in to see what The MUD Foundation is all about. Your membership is tax-deductible. Join at the $100 level for year-long programming. PURCHASE WORKSHOP TICKETS HERE.





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