Claire Hentschke, Driver On The Highway, digital image, 2017
Claire Hentschke, Avatar Above The Sea, digital image, 2017
Hentschker captures the sublime using photographic practices in gaming, and specifically in Grand Theft Auto V. At the same time, she is remediating the medium of painting:
In this series of works, I want to investigate Grand Theft Auto as a subject of art that transposes Friedrich’s subjective Romanticism to the digital age. I am particularly interested in working with videos that other players have already deemed important enough to share. This collection provides a sampling of GTA’s digital world that incorporates both the gaze of an avatar and the eyes of a living viewer encoded into the experience of the scene. The view and the location presented around the avatar is a representation of what a single player decided to record and share. (Claire Hentschker)
Read Hentschker's full essay here.
Claire Hentschker is a Pittsburgh-based artist and student working with site specific mixed reality. Her VR work has been exhibited in an inflatable kiddie pool, atop an oversized easy chair, in a bedazzled headset, and in augmented projections on temporary tattoos. Her work has has also been presented at the Carnegie Museum of Art, VIA festival, The Free State Festival in Kansas, and the Glasgow School of Art’s Creativity and Cognition Conference.