Planetary Skins. The Future of Demonstration S3

In its first experimental realization at Galerie Elisabeth und Klaus Thoman, Planetary Skins presents a prototype that connects virtual reality, installation art, objects, performance, talks, sound, and film in the physical space of the gallery and simultaneously in virtual space and as a live stream.

Planetary Skins can be described as an osmotic skin that connects virtual and physical space to explore the materiality of the real and the digital. In contrast to common practice, in which the virtual medium represents an artificial 3D-world or simulates reality, Planetary Skins  turns the virtual into a membrane that interfaces places and people across three continents to engage with ambivalences, conflicts, and potentials induced by hybrid forms of presence.

Interweaving virtual architectures and socio-cultural patterns, cosmology and micro-organisms, atmospheres and soils, quantum physics and Lucretius’ philosophical poem ‘De Rerum Natura,’ biofeedback and poetic fictions, Planetary Skins offers a sensuous experience of digital and corporeal presences. What materializes is the imagination of a collectivity beyond purely human forms of communality: aren’t we all radical matter?


Planetary Skins is the third season of The Future of Demonstration. In this art series, SYLVIA ECKERMANN and GERALD NESTLER  with their collaborators and partners investigate ways of evoking the aesthetic, technological, and political forms of resistance offered by the term demonstration. Conceived by Eckermann and Nestler in collaboration with Maximilian Thoman, the first two seasons of The Future of Demonstration were realised as the Media Art Festival of the City of Vienna in 2017 and 2018.

Planetary Skins. The Future of Demonstration S3  

Co-produced by Maximilian Thoman.

XR Production, Unity 3D + VBO.Ninja livestream integration: Anna Pompermaier and Cenk Güzelis (./studio3)
Biofeedback and projection mapping: Markus Passecker
Composition, soundscape, SADISS: Volkmar Klien
Sound technician: Philipp Engel
Live Kinect cameras: Mehmet Ali Çakır, Ömer Gürel
Photography: Michael Schwieger
Displays: Bela Eckermann
Assistant to the directors: Remi Deymier

Participants and their locations:
Vera Bühlmann (philosopher/educator) / ROTTERDAM
Thomas Feuerstein (artist) / INNSBRUCK
Johnny Golding (philosopher/poet) / LONDON
Barbara Imhof (space architect/design researcher) / INNSBRUCK
Marian Kaiser (writer/media theorist) / KINSHASA
Martha Laschkolnig (performer/musician/visual artist) / INNSBRUCK
Mukenge/Schellhammer (artists) / FRANKFURT
Manu Luksch (artist/researcher) / LONDON
Thomas Nail (philosopher/scholar) / DENVER
Tanja Traxler (theoretical quantum physicist/science journalist) / LOS ANGELES
Wientaler Dreigesang vocal ensemble (Christine Gnigler, Joachim Rigler, Lorina Vallaster) / INNSBRUCK
MC: Carmen Lael Hines (curator/editor/researcher) / INNSBRUCK
Voice of the Lucretius’ quotes: Anna Mendelssohn (actress/performer).

Realized by TIM. theories in mind in collaboration with; Radical Matter – a PEEK-funded artistic research project based at the University of Applied Art, Vienna and the Royal College of Art, London; ./studio3, Institute for experimental architecture, University of Innsbruck; and Galerie Elisabeth und Klaus Thoman.

Supported by BMKOES, The Province of Tirol, The City of Innsbruck, The City of Vienna, Goethe-Institute Kinshasa.