“The Metamorphoses of the Virtual -100 Years of Art and Freedom”, Officina delle Zattere, Venice, Italy.
May 27th – October 31st 2013.

Pia MYrvoLD
Anne SENSTAD and
Piksel Remote HackLab

Opening Week Program with
Perfromances, Art Talks, Curator Visits,
Artist Presentation.
Program to be announces 3 May.

Curated by Roberta Semeraro

Opening Week 27 -30 May.
Exhibition from 27 May – 31 October 2013


A feast of technology, innovation and new media in Venice,
27 May – 31 October 2013.

Pia MYrvoLD, Miguel Chevalier, ORLAN, Anne Senstad and Piksel Remote HackLab offer a mix of cutting edge art strategies, groundbreaking works in digital animation, generative and  interactive interfaces and perhaps an ironic insight to the darker aspects of a technology crazed world.

“Metamorphoses of the Virtual – 100 Years of Art and Freedom” is an independent pavillion in the newly opened art space – Officina delle Zattere.

Curated by Roberta Semeraro, the theme elaborates on the new virtuality that is possible through digital media and the flow-image, as well as the situation for  innovative artists today, 100 years after the beginnings of the Modern Movement and gender equality  in countries like Norway.

Norwegian artist; Pia MYrvoLD creates in her Paris studio digital works and multiple screen installations, introducing new parameters in sculpture and painting; “The Metamorphoses of the Virtual”.

The French artist; ORLAN, premieres an elaborate 3D  video; “Skinned Model of Liberty” while Miguel Chevalier’s installation “The Origin of the World” engages with interactive technology and generative image software.

Norwegian artist; Anne Senstad brings from her New York base the immersive architectual video installation “Universals”.

Piksel Remote HackLab, an international group of network artists with an open source philosophy, will create mystical art objects from technological waste in a performative workshop.

The Opening Week Program starts with The Exhibition Book-Launch and Pre-View Cocktail on the 27th May.

Featuring 112 pages of the artists individual work history  aswell as articles by David Rosenberg, Christine Buci-Glucksman, Phillipe Piquet, Kjetil Røed, Celina Jeffrey, Jonathan Kemp and curatorRoberta Semeraro, the book designed by Regis Glaas gives  a  comprehensive insight on the ideas and motivations of a new generation of artists and intellectuals working and redefining aspects of visual art and culture in the new millennium. 

Press Release pdf:   English – French – Italian – Norwegian

On the occasion of the
55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia
The Metamorphoses of the Virtual –
100 years of art and freedom
27 May – 31 October 2013
Pia MYrvoLD (NO, FR)
Miguel Chevalier (FR, MX)
Anne Senstad (NO, US)
Project workshop with: Piksel Remote HackLab Venice( NO)(UK)
Curated by Roberta Semeraro
In 1955, the Italian-American artist Marino Auriti called The Encyclopedic Palace his imaginary museum,
which would have had to contain the whole of human knowledge.
Starting from the matter of fact that Art is a privileged gateway of access to the deeper awareness of
the human being and its unlimited expressions, the exhibition The Metamorphoses of the Virtual – 100
years of art and freedom inserts itself in the context of 55th Art Biennale of Venice, revealing by means
of the work a selection of internationally renowned artists, who each in their own way, work within
the possible forms of knowledge of art in the new millennium.
Restarting from Hegel’s idealism, the premise for any knowledge, then for art too, is freedom.
In fact this exhibition, which wants to remind us of a fundamental event for human rights, the woman
suffrage granted in 1913 in Norway, finds its cultural graft on that revolution which the artistic avantgardes took on the art of the first twenty years of the last century, relieving it indefinitely of the
traditional models.
The Modern Movement, identified officially in 1913, before and between the two wars, in Europe and
particularly in Paris, began to consider the technological potentialities of new materials and machines,
and communication.
Around the ‘50s Canadian sociologist Marshall McLuhan on his essay Understanding Media, examining
the new communication media, proclaimed that the medium is the message.
French artist ORLAN, known all over the world for having invented Carnal Art, where she asserts that
flesh is a verb, seems to approach McLuhan’s way of thinking, as are the artists Pia MYrvoLD, Miguel
Chevalier, Anne Senstad and PIXEL Remote HackLab when they demonstrate how technology is a
medium, understood as extension of and strengthening the human faculties.
Norwegian Pia MYrvoLD has been among the first women artists in Europe to examine New Media
Art, and has since 2000, worked to establish new compositional and productive parameters for
painting and sculpture using 3D tools. Believing in the freedom of expression and in the political/social
commitment, she involves the community in this awareness by means of art; to discover, to know and
by experimenting with new and emergent realities.
The artists that Pia MYrvoLD has chosen to collaborate with at this exhibition are scientists,
philosophers, poets, inventors, who, with their personal and original technological languages and their futuristic creations, give advance notice to a new existence of an immersive environment, where the
imagination coincide with the image, the subjective with the objective and the conscious with the
The curator Roberta Semeraro dedicates herself to the study of new media and digital art and, she
elaborates on the theories of the Sixth Art starting from Walter Benjamin’s thought as she tries to
trace a new ideal of aesthetic in contemporary art.
Spazio espositivo e laboratorio culturale
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Dorsoduro 94730123 –
Venezia, Italy
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The Metamorphoses of the Virtual –
100 years of art and freedom
27 May – 31 October 2013
Press and preview opening:
27 – 30 May 2013
Link for press images :
info@annesenstad.comPresentation Artist:
Pia MYrvoLD
The Metamorphoses of the Virtual
Paris based artist Pia MYrvoLD continues in this installation her research
with sculpture and painting within 3D animation tools and immersive
The installation “The Metamorphoses of the Virtual”, takes its title form
the essay written by Christine Buci-Glucksmann for her resent
exhibition in her native Norway at The Stenersen Museum, where
MYrvoLD adds focus to the idea of sculpture as a possible animated
form, viewed through HD video projections.
Skinned Liberty
ORLAN’s body of work started with street actions, entitled Action ORLAN-CORPS, in
which she affirmed that the body is a sculpture and a material which permits all others.
Currently, ORLAN has created a skinned self-portrait of her body in 3D which replays the
movements of her performances. This character appeared for the first time in her
MesuRAGE expositions at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg and at MHKA in Anvers.
Henceforth, this skinned self-portrait has become emblematic of her work, which questions
the body and shows that what is most deep is not the skin. For the exhibition
Metamorphosis of the Virtual: 100 Years of Art and Liberty, ORLAN has created a video
projection installation titled Skinned Liberty., and has since become emblematic of her
The Origin of the World 2013
Generative and interactive virtual-reality artwork
Software: Cyrille Henry / Antoine Villeret
The Origin of the World 2013 is inspired by the world of biology and
microorganisms. Cells multiply in abundance, divide, and merge in
sometimes slow, sometimes rapid rhythm. Each cell functions
autonomously, yet in coordination with the others, like cellular
When the viewer moves, the trajectory of the cells is disrupted. We
find ourselves facing an intriguing world of life that perpetually
replenishes itself. A black-and-white world gradually gives way to vivid,
saturated colors. The sinuous curves rippling across the walls of the
gallery hark back to the 1970s while creating unprecedented visual
experiences that verge on being artificial paradises.
Norwegian artist Anne Senstad’s installation entitled UNIVERSALS,
redefines space using Plexiglas, fabric, mesh and video projections,
bordering the definitions of architecture, site specificity, video and
sculpture. She is concerned with the transformative, the elements of
nature, phenomenology of light, the perceptive, and spatial relations. The
exhibition The Metamorphoses of the Virtual – 100 Years of Art and
Freedom, will premiere her new sculptural works and the video piece
Colour Synesthesia, Version four, she has created for the exhibition consists
of a new and longer version in the body of video works entitled Colour
Synesthesia and Colour Kinesthesia.
https://vimeo.com/user3150146/videosPiksel Remote HackLab Venice
Gisle Frøysland (NO)
Ryan Jordan (UK)
John Bowers (UK)
Jonathan Kemp (UK)
Project: Piksel Remote HackLab
Piksel Remote HackLab is a performative workshop and unstable environment
developed during the opening week of The Metamorphoses of the Virtual –
100 Years of Art and Freedom. Piksel has invited Ryan Jordan (UK), John
Bowers (UK) and Jonathan Kemp (UK) to show their Experimental
Communication project building devices from repurposed consumer
electronics used for opening up channels into the spirit world. In addition
Piksel director Gisle Frøysland (NO) will show an interactive installation
based on his latest work using LED facade displays.
Piksel is a network and annual festival focusing on electronic art and free technologies. It’s
organised in Bergen, Norway and recently celebrated the 10th anniversary with the
Piksel[X] – Kernel Panic! festival gathering artists and developers from all over the world
exchanging ideas, coding, presenting art and software projects, doing workshops,
performances and discussions on the aesthetics and politics of free and open source culture.