Mysterious elements of our natural world are studied alongside the super synthetic as I seek to shift perspective and challenge an individual perception of reality. I explore 360° environments as a means to contemplate our sense of presence and metaphysical connection to nature.
Diana Lynn VanderMeulen is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Her practice is fluid between analogue and digital mediums with a focus on extended reality and cyclical material use as she develops expansive, multisensory environments.
Through an artist creation residency at Société des arts technologiques (Montreal) Diana was granted the time and tools to adapt ongoing project A Boundless and Radiant Aura into an immersive audio visual performance entitled I want to leave this Earth behind alongside collaborator Stefana Fratila. Premiering at Satosphère 3 MUTEK x SAT, the 40 minute experience was formatted specifically to the Satosphere’s immersive 360-degree projectors and multi-channel sound system. The first iteration of A Boundless and Radiant Aura was presented in multimodal exhibitions with Debaser at SAW Gallery in Ottawa, Toutoune Gallery in Toronto, and for virtual audiences as a XR Magic Window application. Other recent works include a solo hybrid physical-virtual exhibition Shimmer of a Petal, Now a mountain Stream, with Sky Fine Foods & ArtGate VR, and self released Augmented-Reality application Swampy GoGo. Alongside a collaborative representation with Sky Fine Foods, VanderMeulen has been involved in many public and DIY ventures. She has shown at The AGO, The Canadian Embassy (Tokyo, Japan), CADAF Paris, Constellations Festival Metz, The Gardiner Museum, and Idea Exchange.
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