ORLAN's first - and only - video game, is, unsurprisingly, about bodies. Virtual bodies that inhabit intangible spaces. Carnal art goes digital. To create Expèrimentale mise en jeu, the French artist conceived a cyborg-like avatar that performs in electronic spaces, subverting the traditional narratives that prioritize macho/male characters. Moreover, this particular game is about building - rather than destroying - the world. Gameplay is meant as an act of creation rather than destruction. The game is unfinished. As of today, ORLAN has completed three of the announced seven levels. Like Bill Viola's The Night Journey, Expèrimentale mise en jeu is a new kind of developing, updatable digital artwork. The game uses an interesting interface, the Myo armband, a wearable gesture control and motion control device. Such choice is meaningful: ORLAN emphasizes the connection between the virtual and tangible bodies.
Those who live in/visit Rome in the next few weeks will have the chance to see and play the game at the MACRO museum, which is hosting a major retrospective of Orlan's work curated by Alessandra Mammì. Titled Orlan – VideOrlan – Technobody, the exhibition will run until December 3, 2017.
ORLAN (b. 1947 as Mireille Suzanne Francette Porte ) is a performance artist who uses her own body and plastic surgery to create what critics have called "carnal art". Orlan's practice raises questions about the status of the corporeal - and its simulacral manifestations - in society. [read more]