Daniel Hengst is a Berlin-based media artist and his artworks are often developed and presented in a performance art framework. Since 2015, he has been working with virtual reality and has created video and sound installations, sound performances, artistic research and web projects. The works deal with the potential of technologies to change society and/or take non-human subjects into account.
This virtual reality experience is a virtual greenhouse where passionate encounters between plants and humans flourish. Teasing looks begin this ecosexual affair - gases and fluids are exchanged through woundless openings in skin and leaf. Friction, moisture, and heat emerge. Embrace plant species of a Latvian rain moss and breed within yourself new sensualities of unconditional, passionate love for plants - immerse yourself deeper and deeper!
Inspired by the writings and concepts of Canadian anthropologist Natasha Myers, the virtual reality experience seeks to approach new worlds of feeling in a post-Anthropocene era. How can our caring love for the environment, like that of a mother, be transformed into a passionate sexual relationship, like that of a lover?
This virtual reality experience is more of a living sculpture than a computer game. It is a generative surrounding of sounds, digital objects, and recursions that lets your gaze 'interact' with this digital world.
This work was realised within the framework of the European Media Art Platforms (EMAP) programme at RIXC (LV) with support of the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union.