Armin Keplinger has been nominated for DKB's VR ART PRIZE with his virtual reality piece The ND-Serial.
THE ND-Serial, the latest work by Armin Keplinger, features a virtual blend of multiple VR experiences, investigating and expanding the definition of sculptural objects in virtual reality. The centre of his formal aesthetic investigation is marked by the use of five different unique kinetic bodies that are staged in the three-dimensional virtual space with its own possibilities and the absence of physical laws. The common thread of the work is the recurrent use of a thin, vertical, needle-shaped object that is arranged in different numbers and shapes to create a monolithic unit. The viewer is gently guided around the needle blocks. At times, sudden jumps are introduced to help establish new perceptions of scale and space, stability and fragility, abstraction and objectivity – disturbing the otherwise contemplative journey of the viewer. The surroundings of the virtual environment are modulated according to different layers of speed. In the seemingly lawless environment of THE ND-Serial, the last frontiers of virtual reality are stretched gracefully and effortlessly.