Universal Objects (interactive works)

Tanja Vujinović
Interactive computer installations
Production: Ultramono, 2016 

Universal Objects: Park1&2 are real-time 3D works built in a video game engine. They are large digital environments contemplative digital ecosystems occupied by mutated digital objects and bots that perform rituals. Park 1 & 2 examine the status of virtual spaces to host content that questions utopian and dystopian reading of technology. Avataric objects, imaginary locations, immaterial, virtual flora seem to be dependent and attached to one another. Contrary to typical computer and video games, here there is no score, speed nor adrenalin fueled activity. Everything is slowed, and the only interactivity offered is the ability to move around the space. 

Universal Objects: Garden is a surreal digital garden full of avatars performing rituals. It is a real-time 3D work built in a video game engine that enables a visitor to stroll through and explore the surroundings from a first-person perspective. The visitor is invited to explore hidden sounds, corners and the avatars' body modifications in this unusual garden. Garden examines the status of virtual spaces to host content that question utopian and dystopian reading of technology. 

Tanja Vujinović 
Interactive computer installations 
Production: Ultramono, 2017

Universal Objects: Laguna and the similar work Zen_Garden are created in a computer game engine. In equilibrium between chaos and order, avataric objects have been treated like explosion particles, with the aggressive effects silenced and slowed down. These environments show the essence of digital objects and their states of being with all the noise they contain and the glitches their frictions produce. Events and behaviours of digital objects show their materiality and liminality, and are scattered to form a puzzling landscape. Micro events and so-called non-playable characters or objects are stuck in idle modes, infinitely performing routine tasks. Body parts and bodies as completed and functional units coexist in this habitat of discrete events.

Tanja Vujinović (Tatjana Vujinović Kušej)
Intermedia Artist & Researcher
Ultramono Institute