The work of artist and musician Oona Libens (Belgium/Sweden, 1987) revolves around the history of the (moving) image. In her intimate performances — a hybrid between abstract object theatre and educational documentary — she develops a distinctly crafted universe consisting of fragile mechanisms and analogue techniques.
Often taking shadow theatre as a starting point — shadow play being the most primitive form of moving image — she also operates and manipulates other historic and more recent projection techniques in order to expose its mechanisms. In this way she creates a dialogue between old and modern media phenomena — from the magic lantern as an educational tool to today’s touch screens and virtual reality. With her performances Oona Libens wants to expand our experience of the image and the screen, to create an analogue virtual reality and to make an entertainment machine that is slow, hesitates, falters and fails.
She graduated in 2012 from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Gent, Belgium.
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