Patricia Detmering

Aporia is a virtual world that generates and develops itself via algorithms. In doing so, it negotiates the sociological processes of open and closed societies. 60 human avatars, each equipped with its own AI, inhabit the world of Aporia. They can explore this environment, individually deciding on their actions. One element of the AIs acts within the limits of a stronger ordering principle, while the other moves without restrictions. When a ‘disruptive element’ appears in the form of a stranger, groups are formed and leaders appointed. The subsequent dynamic within the environment become the central theme of this work.

APORIA was awarded second place in the VR Art Prize of the DKB in 2021.


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Running time 16 minutes/endless
Lead Artist / Director  Patricia Detmering

Germany, 2020