Martina Menegon (Italy, 1988) is an artist working predominantly with Interactive and Extended Reality Art. In her works, Martina creates intimate and complex assemblages of physical and virtual elements that explore the contemporary self and its “phygital” corporeality. She experiments with the uncanny and the grotesque, the self and the body and the dialogue between physical and virtual realities, to create disorienting experiences that become perceivable despite their virtual nature.
Martina’s work has been exhibited internationally online and AFK, in festival, galleries and institutions such as MAK Museum of Applied Arts Vienna, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Roehrs & Boetsch Gallery, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Spark Art Fair, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, FILE Festival, WRO Biennale, Parallel Vienna, Virginia Bianchi Gallery, HeK - House of Electronic Arts. Some of Martina’s work are permanently on view in platforms like Feral File, harddiskmuseum, Paper-Thin Gallery and, on a recent acquisition, her NFT work realized for the conceptual artwork series “Unsigned” curated by Anika Maier and Operator (Ania Catherine and Dejha Ti), has been added to the permanent collection of the Francisco Carolinum Linz.
Martina’s career as curator started in 2019 with a series of pop-up solo exhibitions under the collective /afk which she founded and co-directed with Shahab Nedaei. The exhibition serie took place in different Vienna’s art offspaces (36|PROJECTCELL and Suzie Shride) and focused on highlighting local and international Digital, Extended and Virtual Reality Art.
In 2020, Martina Menegon joined the sound:frame team, curating several projects together with Eva Fischer. Since then, she also has been Vice Director and Curator at the CIVA Festival for New Media Art as well as Head of Extended Reality and Curator at the platform for immersive experiences “Area for Virtual Art“ on behalf of sound:frame.
Additionally to her artistic and curatorial practice, Martina has given lectures and talks internationally both online and offline on topics such Avatar, Synthetic Corporeality, Social Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Virtual Art.
She also has been giving workshops in various festival and institutions and has been teaching at different universities since 2011, including the Art University in Linz, Austria (“Introduction to Interactive Arts” - BA Interactive Art) and the IUAV University in Venice (”multimedia tools for interactive arts” - MA Digital Exhibit, BA Multimedia Arts together with Klaus Obermaier and Stefano D’Alessio). In 2016 she started lecturing at the class of Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and became University Assistant in 2018. She is currently Senior Artist and Lecturer at Transmedia Art, where she teaches “Digital Design and Virtuality”.
Martina Menegon currently lives and works in Vienna and is represented by ALBA Gallery in Vienna and ARTEMIS Gallery in Lisbon.
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ALBA Gallery, Vienna (contact: email@example.com)
ARTEMIS Gallery, Lisbon (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)