3 Part exhibition series in the public server space using the Minecraft Metaverse
2020 - ongoing
The project started out between Salvatore Cinquegrana (Surry), Brad Downey and Jan Vormann, and was soon joined by Jazoo Yang as an additional director and curator. This exhibition is the first of its kind that reunites a group of international artists who are known fro their artistic practice in public spaces in cities trhoughout the world. The works created specifically for this virtual space of 28 Million x 28 Million x 256 blocks were shown in the process of being constructed by Surry, a famous italian youtuber, During a short Period of time in September 2022, the world was open to the public, everybody who has access to the game was invited to immerse into the environment and experience the artworks in-situ. There were guided tours in different languages. The Participatig artists of the first edition were: Vhils (PT), John Fekner (US), Esther Stocker (AUT), Michael Johansson (SWE), Octavi Serra (ESP), Addfuel (PT), Brad Downey (US), Jazoo Yang (KOR) and me, Jan Vormann (DE/FR)
Once the works were conceptualized by the artists, Surry constructed the works in his Youtube - survival series as seen below. He had to build farms and collected the materials needed to put the works into existence. He only died once (obviously in-game) doing this.
When we opened the world to the public, this is how the works looked before - with Shaders (a way to change the sky and textures a little bit to make the appearance more beutiful) As the world was opened to everybody in "Anarchy Mode" - meaning everybody could anonymously interact with every single block - soon the works got altered or even destroyed.
When the Server was opened we counted around one hundred visitors on the first days. Throughout the weeks, sporadically visitors came to experience the works and play on the server between these digital public sculptures.
Players set up their bases inside and around the works and used the infrastructure Surry had put in place in his survival-series to equip with the vital resources.
As is normal on Minecraft servers, after a couple of weeks in anarchy mode, the world had changed quite a lot: Lavacasts had risen into the air, works had been altered and disfigured. Players had left messages and craters made with explosives