Monica Maria Rohtmaa aka Motsonian's latest project shows interactions on VRchat, a massively multiplayer online virtual reality video game. performs as Motsonian as Barry Benson from Bee Movie (2007), documenting the VRchat community’s meme culture via the strange popularity of the character’s “Ya like jazz?” catchphrase as a conversation starter. Colony Collapse has been exhibited in Halfway to Somewhere, a group show by the Collective Studio (29.09.18 – 27.10.18) in Newbridge Project Gateshead. A preview can be seen here.
Motsonian is the username for Monica Maria Rohtmaa, an artist based in Gateshead, UK. As well as working with video, her practice combines contemporary technology with sculptural installation by using virtual reality, concepts from video games and drone footage to create installations about the intersection of the physical and virtual worlds. Recent work also uses projected video onto physical structures, in reference to what’s known in 3D digital environments as texture mapping, along with the visual symbol of knitting, a tradition drawn from her Estonian heritage, as a metaphor for a video game aim system or player’s view.