Leo Scarin is a multimedia artist, designer and technologist from Italy, based in The Hague, The Netherlands. In his practice, he investigates how new technologies can bridge physical distances and create a space for more intimate digital interactions.
Growing up in a digital generation, his body of work integrates media such as video art, audiovisual performances, graphic design and interactive installations. The practice forms from a research on new technologies and their aesthetics of system hacking in design and artistic processes.
Variations on a remote room is a series of digitized living spaces belonging to his friends and loved ones he could not meet physically in the past year. The work is composed by a number of photogrammetries made in remote collaboration and placed into a Virtual Reality environment where the viewers can inhabit, explore, and touch the digital spaces, as well as listening to the personal stories and soundscapes of the rooms.
How do we bridge physical distances and recover the lost intimacy in a socially distant society? How do we design the space for digitally tangible interactions?
His project has been supported by the Stroom Promise 2020 program.
When we access a digital interaction we are immersed in a state of lost corporeality, the consequences are new experiential implications. How do we design such new experiences of loss in digitization?
The advancement of digital technologies paved the way for new hyper-real experiences, allowing us to augment, or else escape our reality. However, in the design of our interaction with new technologies, we seem to be missing our own perception of tangibility.
In the digitization of our bodies we lose the sense of time, space, and movement as well as our human intrinsic intimacy. In Loading Title... Leo Scarin seeks for those fragments of sensorial perception that are lost in the limbo between physical and digital spaces, which he investigates through theoretical and visual research, as well as practical experiments.