Tony Oursler: Spacemen R My Friended, 2016
The work by Tony Oursler is an exploration of a person’s mind and story. The viewer is invited to follow George Adamski, a ‘contactee’, claiming himself to be the first person ever to have seen and talked to aliens and even visited other planets.
Tony Oursler has always been investigating and using contemporary technology both in his art and as a source of inspiration. The Virtual Reality artwork therefore lies as a natural extension to his pratice. ‘space men r My friended’, arises from the path Oursler took with Imponderable and the Imponderable Archive shown at MoMA and Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, NY and explores the interlinking characters involved with the origins of Unidentified Flying Object photography.
The main character in the Virtual Reality Artwork, ‘space men r My friended’, is a first generation Polish immigrant and one of the leading UFO figures, who arguably is the first UFO photographer. In the 1930s George Adamski made small fortune by winemaking during Prohibition with a government license. At the end of the prohibition Adamski lost his profitable earnings and with his wife Mary Shimbersky and some close friends, he moved to a ranch near California’s Palomar Mountain, where they dedicated their time to studying religion, philosophy, and farming. It was in this area that Adamski first saw a large cigar-shaped ‘mothership’in 1946. In 1947 Adamski managed to take a photograph of the ship, and in 1950 – after seeing several UFOs over the years – he took a photograph of what he alleged to be six UFOs in the sky. Two years after Adamski and his friends observed another submarine-shaped object in the sky in the Colorado Desert, from which a scout ship disembarked, and Adamski was contacted by the Venusian pilot called Orthon. After his first encounter with UFOs Adamski began to give lectures about his experiences and paranormal activities.
Khora Contemporary was created to become a bridge between the artists and Virtual Reality developers. We provide artists with best assistance to develop and unleash their imaginative visions exploring this new media and its limitless possibilities. We offer opportunity for artists to research the depths of VR and find inspiration to create a new body of work. With the latest technology at hand and an exciting list of artists in the pipeline, Khora Contemporary is set to become a pioneer of this fascinating new medium, assuring the best quality of the viewer experience. It is only a matter of time before Virtual Reality artworks populate the permanent collections of museums, public spaces and our living rooms. Given Khora’s expertise in the Virtual Reality field and Faurschou Foundation’s longstanding presence in the most professional segment of the art world, Khora Contemporary is well equipped to expand artistic practice within the Virtual Reality medium.
At KIBLIX 2020 Allegra Shorto, art director of Khora Contemporary, will give a presentation on Khora Contemporary’s mission, objectives as well as current and future VR projects in collaboration with renown contemporary artists during the on-line Panel discussion.