Jon Rafman

* 1981 in Montréal, CA, lives and works in Montréal, CA

Jon Rafman’s is a persistent, seedy, and all-encompassing documentation of the collapse of the real, ushered in by virtuality’s impingement on physical life. For the 9th Berlin Biennale he has created a new site-specific virtual reality experience using the Oculus Rift. Rafman explores the haptic and uncanny aspects of VR as he takes the viewer on a journey through a series of dramatic, ever-changing scenes. On the terrace, he presents sculptures of animals swallowing and being swallowed. The simultaneously violent and erotic encounters can function as a metaphor for our local immersion in and consumption of digital media.

List of works

L’Avalée des avalés (The Swallower Swallowed)  Rhino/Bear, 2016
L’Avalée des avalés (The Swallower Swallowed)  Iguana/Sloth, 2016
L’Avalée des avalés (The Swallower Swallowed) Ram/Sea Lion, 2016
L’Avalée des avalés (The Swallower Swallowed) Dog/Lion, 2016

All works
High-density polyurethane, acrylic
Courtesy Jon Rafman; Future Gallery, Berlin
Commissioned and coproduced by Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
With the support of Canada Council for the Arts; Future Gallery, Berlin

View of Pariser Platz, 2016

Marble, virtual reality
Virtual Reality: Co-Directed by Jon Rafman and Samuel Walker
Courtesy Jon Rafman; Future Gallery, Berlin
Commissioned and coproduced by Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
With the support of Canada Council for the Arts; Future Gallery, Berlin