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Nominees of the VR ART PRIZE



Marlene Bart is nominated for the VR ART PRIZE 2023 with her work "Theatrum Radix". 

Marlene Bart (*1991) lives and works in Berlin. Her practice is situated at the intersection of natural history, anatomy and visual art. Bart is also a researcher and futurist who envisions the possibilities of how a common visual language in art and science could be used to address holistic issues such as the meaning of ordering systems. In her current projects she explores how our relationship to visual taxonomies can be mediated and critiqued via the medium of virtual reality. 

In her artistic practice, Bart deals with with the combination of scientific and artistic visual language. Varied use of multimedia techniques (printmaking, artist books, sculptures, taxidermy, installations, VR animations) allows her to combine a wide range of image content in a playful way, referencing the historical dimension of scientific publications whilst placing them firmly in a contemporary context.



Anan Fries is nominated for the VR ART PRIZE 2023 with their work "[Posthuman Wombs]". 

Anan Fries works at the intersection of digital & performing arts. They are former artistic director of media-art collective machina eX, which designs immersive experiences. And they co-founded Henrike Iglesias, an experimental feminist performance collective. Anan Fries is currently researching hybrid aesthetics of phygital worldbuilding and is interested in relations of "nature" and technology. In collaboration with sound artist Malu Peeters they made the VR-essay [POSTHUMAN WOMBS], which was presented at IDFA DocLab, DOK Leipzig and GIFF. 



Mohsen Hazrati is nominated for the VR ART PRIZE 2023 with his work "Fãl Project [none-AI]". 

Mohsen Hazrati (*1987 in Shiraz, Iran) lives and works in Berlin. He graduated with a BA in graphic design from Shiraz Art Institute of Higher Education in 2012, minoring in new media and digital art. His works focus on Literature and digital technologies and have been presented at various conferences such as; Universität der Künste Berlin, the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, IAM weekend Barcelona, EVA, and UCL mal London, Elo University of Central Florida, TEDx Mollasadra St, and exhibitions by Grafikenshus museum, Peer to Space, Radiance VR, synthesis, Triennale Kleinplastik Fellbach, Transfer gallery, etc.



Rebecca Merlic is nominated for the VR ART PRIZE 2023 with her work "GLITCHBODIES". 

Rebecca Merlic (*17/01/1989 in Oberwesel am Rhein, Germany) is an European digital artist and architect, experimental filmmaker and university assistant in the core team of Experimental Game Cultures at the University of applied Arts Vienna. Her work is strongly influenced by alternative ways of society and transgression in socioeconomic conventions as well as new forms of artistic and architectural production employing new technologies. She is the holder of the Marianne von Willemer Prize 2020 for digital media. Currently she is a transdisciplinary resident at European Alliance of Academies: Ignorance is Strength AIR program in collaboration with Akademie der Künste Berlin and HDLU Zagreb and she is working on DigitalHumanism x FutureLiving in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum in Tokyo. 



Lauren Moffatt is nominated for the VR ART PRIZE 2023 with her work "Local Binaries". 

Lauren Moffatt is an Australian artist working with immersive environments and experimental narrative practices. Her works, often presented in hybrid and iterative forms, explore the paradoxical subjectivity of connected bodies and the indistinct boundaries between digital and organic life. Her works take the form of speculative fictions and environments, which are conceived using a mixture of traditional, obsolete and pioneering technologies, and which often occupy both physical and virtual space. Lauren builds detailed, complex and paradoxical universes, occupied by misfits and recluses and populated by strange devices and artefacts.

In 2022 Lauren was awarded the Certamen Internacional dee Arte Digital (ES) and the Revista MAKMA Prize (ES), in 2021 she was awarded the grand prize in the inaugural DKB VR Art Prize (DE).