Austria, 2020., AR
Somebody has told you that the strange – or were it the ordinary? – objects in the historic cinema’s foyer might be coated with short films, visible only through the lens of your smartphone. You scan the surroundings for these objects, hold your smartphone over the scenery, and things begin to move, and you can hear voices. Soon you’ll be lost in thought. In her new augmented reality enhanced media installation, Austrian artist and filmmaker Lena Lapschina adds a couple of details to the theatre, thus animating the viewers to examine each and every item for hidden features.
Lena graduated from State Stroganow University of Fine and Applied Arts in Moscow. She lives and works in Vienna and Lower Austria. She has won the Austrian State Grant for Video and Media Art in 2011. She was awarded several prestigious residencies, including the Djerassi Residence Artists Program (Woodside, California), KuS (Heerlen, Netherlands), ORTung (Strobl, Austria), and Nordens Hus (Reykjavík, Iceland).