The 2022 Open Media Art Festival spin-off symposium "The Rover: Before Ruins, Beyond Ruins, Imagination of Ruins, Metaverse" is an event to examine the reality of Metaverse that emerged before and after the pandemic and its potential in the future. Metaverse, which was the object of mass production and consumption, exists as a ruin left in the virtual space after its use was discarded, which is a trace of the past, a sight to see, and works as a landscape of the future.
The rover explores the ruined virtual space and projects the past, present, and future of the metaverse. This symposium, which will be held on the metaverse platform, will summarize the story by telling the story of the digital virtual space accumulated over the past three years from the perspective of creation, humanities, and technology.
The nine participants (team) who participate in the symposium are three writers (Kim An-na, Ahn Ga-young, and Oh Joo-young), three metaverse-based platform operators (Lee Sang-ik (CEO of Taste Office), Kim Yoon-ik (PACK Director), and three researchers (Sung Yong-hee, Ahn Jin-guk, and Oh Young-jin). The symposium, which will be held on December 1st (Thu), 2nd (Fri), and 5th (Mon), will unravel the ruined "metabus" through different themes.
In "Metabus, Tracking Trace" on December 1st (Thursday), Kim An-na (artist), Ahn Jin-guk (art critic), and Shin Ki-woon (artist/technical professor) summon the process of projecting, recording, and reorganizing past events and records in the metaverse space. The metaverse project, which is revealed as a reflection of the past record or reality, examines the situation and meaning as a result of space-time meeting, overlapping, and newly "translating.
In "Metabus, Operation Operate" on December 2 (Fri), Ahn Ga-young (artist), Oh Young-jin (technical theorist), and Lee Sang-ik (CEO of Metabus Platform Tissue Office) will talk about the real-time settlement of the physical world's actions and conversely, the events, actions, and landscapes of the digital world affect the physical world. Such a transition forms exactly the same relationship as a 'digital twin' or is a phenotype specialized for each situation. Here, we will have time to discuss situations that differ from reality.
In "Metabus, Hide and Seek" on December 5 (Mon), Oh Joo-young (artist), Sung Yong-hee (curator), and Kim Yoon-ik (PACK directors) will deal with the absolute influence of technology on digital, non-material, and network spaces such as Metabus, and the resulting problems and concealment. Despite the fact that even everyday actions, labor, and play are becoming data, Metaverse pursues extremely transparent media and makes the technology itself oblivious. It examines the technological environment that is being actively concealed or forgotten and the activities of the struggle to reveal the substance against the field.
The 30-day Open Media Art Festival spin-off at Space (spatial.io) is free to access the exhibition through computer (PC) and mobile applications from December 1 to 30. In addition, the symposium, which runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 1st (Mon), 2nd, and 5th (Mon), will be broadcast on YouTube in real time, and will discuss various perspectives on the technology environment and its future in the digital culture and metaverse environment.