19 January 2015

Moya's Memory

Now open at MetaLES, curated by Ux Hax, Lanjran Choche and Romy Nayar, is Moya's Memory, an installation by artist Patrick Moya (a.k.a. Moya Janus). In "real life," Moya is an artist based in Nice, France — a replica of his house (inside and out) in on display in this exhibition — and he maintains three sims of his artwork in Second Life. Here, in this almost dizzying installation, we're treated to a mix of his real and virtual artwork — indeed, Moya really seems to make no distinction between the two, with some of his real life work reflecting virtual space, and his real life artworks appearing throughout Moya's Memory.

The center of the build is a huge printed circuit board, literally Moya's memory, over which textures move in every direction. And surrounding the PCB, in rolling snow covered hills, are different aspects of his prolific work: figurines and puppets, prints and drawings, media, and so on, along with elements that influence or inform his artistic process. I'm not sure how many times the name "Moya" is depicted (it's everywhere), but it comes off as more playful than egotistical. (If you're interested in learning more about Moya, Wikipedia has an informative entry here.) Moya's Memory will remain open for approximately two months.

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