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Annika Kappner
Santa Cruz & Fluid Sexuality
Annika Kappner is a Berlin born Amsterdam based artist. She crafts multi-sensory experiences in the extended field of painting reverting principles of virtual and digital realities into the analogue realm to create glitches in perception. Prompted by her experience as investment banker, her work ultimately is interested in the evolution of consciousness in relation to mental patterns and the underlying forces that shape their systemic counterparts in nature, visual arts, technology and science. She explores the boundaries of image making through a multi-disciplinary and multi sensory approach, investigating role, perception of, and experiential relations that develop between image and observer. She is a co-founder of the cross-modal artist collective Elephants & Volcanoes.

Santa Cruz is a collective performance installation. A group of scientists and artists were invited to collect a series of acrylic paintings - polymer sheets detached from the canvas - installed throughout the garden of a Tuscan villa and swim with them in a pool. The piece offered the participant the possibility to physically interact and have a sensuous relationship with the image. The documentation is a point-of-view shot that through vision and sound transfers part of the felt experience to the viewer. The work explores the physical desire embedded in image creation and consumption.

Fluid Sexuality visualizes and gives form to the tensions between the analogue and the digital that come into being during moments of transference, circumvention, and interference. The installation offers the viewer the possibility to walk into the image, into the screen.It emulates the longing and physical (im)possibility to merge the analogue and virtual, using glitch and DIY aesthetics in the painting and construction process, confronting the viewer with a parody of the unseen visual artifacts of the illusion created through technology.
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