Exhibition program

Media Under Dystopia 2.0

The first iteration of Media Under Dystopia 1.0 introduced the audience to a conversation around art, its relationship to digital culture, and the internet. Media Under Dystopia 2.0 (MUD 2.0) presents artworks created by visual artists using technology as a creative medium, exposing the audience to a tech-centered artistic practice with an interrogative methodology that deconstructs digital and technological environments.

MUD 2.0 introduces the audience to a hybrid experience on both physical and virtual platforms aiming to extend the in-person experience to the digital realm. The virtual Xart metaverse experience will be available through the XRhub.art platform. The MUD 2.0 hybrid exhibition will run from December 3, 2021, to March 3, 2022.

MUD 2.0 highlights artwork encapsulating the complexities of art in the digital age. Alba Triana, Yucef Merhi, Leo Castaneda, Jose Ignacio Hernandez, and Rodolfo Peraza offer the audience an opportunity to experience art and its intersection with technology. Alba Triana uses electromagnetism to create unpredictable choreographies of suspended needles in Entropic Ballet, reflecting the orderly chaos of natural systems. In Levels & Bosses, Leo Castaneda questions power dynamics by deconstructing the hierarchic structure in video games. Yucef Merhi raises cultural and digital awareness through technology and language in his artwork We Are Being Watched. Jose Hernandez engages spectators, as virtual reality users, in his transformative musical composition Trinity. Finally, Rodolfo Peraza, with Pilgram: Naked Link 3.0, explores the boundaries between data visualization and XR interfaces. Media Under Dystopia 2.0 is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor, and the Board of County Commissioners.

Special mention to Big Motion Studio for their generous support in sponsoring MUD 2.0

Four screens on a white wall that form the sentence WE ARE BEING WATCHED An Oculus and its two controllers on a pedestal, above a label defining the XRHub description A room with two screens, a pedestal with an Oculus, and a circle on the floor in front of the Oculus that says Virtual Reality Zone Media Under Dystopia 2.0. A room with a screen showing the Intensity Testing metaverse scene, with an oculus on a pedestal and wallpaper of the scene on the walls A picture of Alba Triana's Entropic Ballet, showing suspended needles in variable electromagnetic fields
Digital Twin

XRHub Main

A virtual twin of XRhub, the MUD Foundation XR Lab, and gallery space based in Little Haiti, Miami, Florida, US.

Enter Metaverse
A still of a metaverse scene that depicts the XRHub lab, the main room with all the portals that take to other scenes made for the Media Under Dystopia 2.0 exhibition

Intensity Testing

In a virtual environment, a set of drone-like beings analyze and manipulate an organic mass-like entity. Testing modes of interaction through varying intensities of light and touch, the drones train to interact with a section of a sentient world whose material properties are uncertain, shifting between liquid, solid, and gas states. Drawings relating to the process and environment accompany a wallpaper that serves as a simulated U.I. for future or alternate world technology where landscapes, living beings and machines are interchangeable and interconnected. Images of perhaps an inventory or interface around or inside the entities. A micro-scene from the expanded video-game experience Levels & Bosses.

Enter Metaverse
A still image of a mass-like entity with a portal to the XRHub scene in the background

We are being watched

We Are Being Watched is a computer-generated work comprising 4 screens and a live feed projection. Each screen displays one word of the aforementioned title, moving vertically on the screen, glitching like damaged VHS tapes or old TV reception. The projection shows a glitched live feed of the audience over the glass doors of the exhibition space, enabling people outside to see what is happening inside. The work interrogates the classic surveillance slogan We Are Being Watched by reframing the YOU as WE. This semantic alteration places the awareness in the people who are being watched while diminishing the power of the invisible watcher, the Orwellian Big Brother, the all-seeing eye of a totalitarian police state. In the 'we' there is a communal experience that empowers the surveilled targets, providing a sense of inclusion rather than fear and paranoia.

Enter Metaverse
Yucef Verse.

Trinity Metaverse

A music composition takes place in a virtual reality space, where the spectator - user - will be able to move around it, altering the music depending on where they are within the space. The work features video as well, this being part of the musical 'narrative'.

Enter Metaverse
An image of a scene in the metaverse that shows 3 walls and two rooms, in the walls you can see portals for the other metaverse rooms

Pilgram: Naked Link 3.0

Pilgram: Naked Link 3.0 is the continuous process of a conceptual work that explores the boundaries between data visualization and art made from data collection, creating a link between scientific InfoVis & data sublimation. Pilgram 1.0, the first iteration, was made in 2015 and opened a hotspot in Havana. The 2.0 iteration showed the invisible structures that tie the U.S. (Miami) and Cuba, monitoring and analyzing the packet data traffic. The 3.0 naked links iteration will be a search in the possible changes (or not) of communication infrastructure since the 2.0 research. For the 3.0 iteration, we will display (in real-time) how the flow of communication between the two cities and the two countries is taking place nowadays. Pilgram: Naked Link 3.0 will visualize on real-time XR interfaces (extended realities) the links and infrastructure between the two countries that, in other cases, wouldn't be visible with the naked eye.

Enter Metaverse
Rodolfo Verse.