In his first solo exhibition at DADA POST, Sebastian Denz presents large scale 3Dimensional images taken on his unique 8 × 10 inch large-format-stereo-camera. For almost three years, Denz has been traveling throughout Europe with members of the carhartt skateboard team to shoot this series of 3D photographs, which are of a quality never seen before. This project, SKATEBOARDING.3D—SAVESTATES FROM A POSTVIRTUAL SPACE deals simultaneously with the growing presence and evolution of virtual spaces in our society, space in a phenomenological sense, and human beings who create their own construction of reality within these spaces.
Inspired by the virtual world of videogames Denz seeks to: “Bring up for discussion a ‘hybrid’ space that is somewhere in between virtual and ‘real’—a ‘Postvirtual Space’ (…)”. Therefore he took photographs of more than 20 professional skaters with his unique large-format-3D-camera, which has been built especially for this project and took 2 years to produce. The exhibition shows some of these skaters in the ‘real hyper-reality’ of life-sized high-resolution 3D-images. With the added element of 3D glasses, the viewer becomes completely immersed ‘inside’ the image. Consciously experienced illusion can transform into the subconscious sort and give the illusion the appearance of reality.
Denz is especially interested in the various modalities of ‘space’ as a human system of reference, and its depiction in three-dimensional processes. Transferring this process into imagery, Denz aims to provide some deeper insight into the strongly differentiated and codified skateboarding culture and its subversive elements.
With his project, SKATEBOARDING.3D, Sebastian Denz won the 20th International BFF (German Association of Freelance Photographers) Promotion Award 2008. The work was also presented at the Visual Gallery at Photokina in 2008 or at the Scope Art Fair in New York City. The book SKATEBOARDING.3D is out now and available worldwide: Published by and available through Carhartt Streetwear and Prestel (Munich · Berlin · London · New York).
Sebastian Denz was born in 1974 in Grossburgwedel, Germany. He studied architecture at the University of Hanover, photography and fine arts at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover and photography at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld (Dipl.-Des., MA). Denz was a visiting artist at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. His works are in numerous collections and represented in national and international exhibitions.
- Press release: SEBASTIAN DENZ / DADA POST
Opening Night Reception: Saturday, October 24th, 7–11 PM @ DADA POST, Nordbahnstraße 10, 13409 Berlin, Germany. +49 (0) 30 51 06 02 24
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