Kykeon is a VR trilogy that aims to expand audience perceptions through shamanism, dance and data. Shamans and traditional healers across different cultures wear masks that block their eyesight, in order to gain greater interior vision. Could we use VR masks not to blind us, but to help us become a more conscious society? The VR trilogy reflects on loss of a sense of community and empathy, as well as lack of concern for others. It takes ancient culture and ritualistic practices as an inspiration, to re-examine them, and look at them as a way for us to move forward.

Mária Júdová (SK)
Mária Júdová is an independent visual artist who has been investigating the creative potential of technology for over a decade. She is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of digital and performance arts. Her work spans from (interactive) installations and Virtual Reality experiences to audio-visual performances. She received her BA in Digital Media at the Academy of Arts (SK) and M.A. at the Center for Audiovisual Studies (CZ). She has worked with renowned bodies such as Choreographic Coding Lab (DE), Rambert Contemporary Dance Company in London (UK) and Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (JP). Her works have been presented worldwide – Sonar Hong Kong (CHN), Laboratorio Arte Alameda (MX), Japan Media Arts Festival (JP), Immersive Expressions of Siggraph (NY), Athens Digital Arts Festival (GR), Sensorium (SK), Berlin Atonal (DE) amongst many others. Her work was awarded by Japan Media Arts Festival (JP), B3 Biennale (DE), Nexon.