Virtual Mixing

Virtual Mixing is the result of more than a year-long research and art project initiated at the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdowns in Europe.

The exhibition designates an interaction between effects which exist in different dimensions and on separate levels and will open the [v]room of requirement to the public, an artwork by Elaine Bonavia and a space in virtual reality for self-dialogue, musing and reflection. Born out of introspection on her remote relations with Malta, some of the underlying themes in the work include unfulfilled desire, the notion of touching from a distance and shifting modes of perspectives and boundaries.

Moments from an exchange between participants who were invited to do a virtual room swap during the initial stage of the project. The casual domestic and mysterious version of each person was constructed in 3D and subsequently, interventions took place in VR between Malta, Berlin and Paris. Some of the participants developed a work out of this experience, which will also be part of the exhibition.

Virtual Mixing is funded by Arts Council Malta and supported by AP Valletta, Air Malta and Temporary Show.

The artists/collaborators for the Virtual room exchange are: Hugo du Plessix with U2P050, Erica Giusta, Alexandre Mballa-Ekobena, Letta Shtohryn, James Bonavia, Fransiska Benkel, Aidan Celeste and Mateo Argerich.

Registration is mandatory. Registration link available here.

Venue: The Lantern, 20 Sappers Street, Valletta

Opening: 27.08.2021; 14.00 - 22.00
(last registration at 21.00)
Closing: 10.09.2021; 14.00 - 22.00
(last registration at 21.00)

Opening Days: Sun 29.08 from 17.00 - 21.00
Tue - Sat from 16.00 - 21.00 or by appointment request to ebonavia2[at]gmail[dot]com

Admittance to the exhibition is only possible on presentation of a valid vaccination certificate, according to the latest Covid-19 regulations issued by the Health Authorities in Malta. Visitors are subject to temperature checks at the entrance for the presence of fever (persons with a temperature of 37.2 Celsius or higher will be denied entrance). Hand sanitiser at the entrance of the premises will be in place. Visitors are to sanitise their hands prior to entrance and must wear masks or visors while on the premises. We encourage people to maintain social distancing of at least 2 meters from other individuals/groups.