VV (2018)

Exhibition at gnration gallery, embodied virtual reality experience by João Martinho Moura

In continuation of the work that João Martinho Moura has been developing within the relation of body and media art, the author presents a piece in total immersion, in the gnration gallery in Braga. VV is a virtual reality artwork, individual, intimate, where the visitor experiences a sequence of three states that confront and question the body with (immaterial) space, sound, and the out-of-body concept, introduced by G.N.M. Tyrrell, in his book ‘Apparitions’ (1943). This sequence will be presented in stages, along the display period. VV is inspired by the research developed by pioneers in the area of virtual reality, such as Ivan Sutherland, creator of the Ultimate Display concept (1965); Morton Heilig, Sensorama (1962); and Jaron Lanier, The sound of one hand (1992). The piece will be in continuous transformation, planned by the author.

VV (João Martinho Moura, 2018)
Binocular high-resolution Head Mounted Display
(HMD) with sound
1 computer, code, sensors.



Video excerpts of the exhibition (participant’s view):

VV represents significant advances on embodiment in Virtual Reality.
In this one-year research project, the author explores controller-less VR, the concept of embodiment in realtime, and steps forward some important questions like the sense of presence or even out-of-body experiences inside VR.
If participants are susceptible to motion sickness, they should advise the attendant before participating.

Previous projects and research related to embodiment and space:

YMYI (2007)
Nuve (2010)
Câmara Neuronal (2011)
67p: an unexpected topological space (2016)
Co:Lateral (2016)
Braga VR Snapshots (2018)

Artwork: VV
Author: João Martinho Moura
Year: 2018
Short description: VV is a virtual reality artwork, individual, intimate, created by João Martinho Moura, where the visitor experiences a sequence of three states that confront and question the body with (immaterial) space, sound, and the out-of-body concept.


gnration gallery
21 July – 13 October, 2018

Research on this project conducted
at CITAR/Escola das Artes, Universidade Católica, Porto.
The research is about Embodiment in Virtual Reality Environments.
More information and publication  about
this R&D project soon.


Some people may experience motion sickness, nausea, disorientation, blurred vision or other discomforts when experiencing virtual reality. If you experience any of this symptoms, please advise the attendant and remove the headset immediately. If you are susceptible to motion sickness, please advise the attendant before participating.
You should not participate if you have an impaired sense of motion or if you are under the influence of alcohol.

About João Martinho Moura

Researcher and media artist. His main focus lies in digital art, intelligent interfaces, digital music and computational aesthetics. Over the last decade he has been researching and adopting new ways of representing the body in digital media, creating interactive audiovisual artifacts, represented by monochromatic visual abstractions and minimalist lines. His work was presented at Ars Electronica, OFFF Festival, Semibreve Festival, Mexico Visual Arts Week, Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012, Artech, Le Corps Numérique, Center Culturel Saint-Exupéry, INL, ESA, NATO, INL, UNESCO, World Congress on Communication and Arts, among others. Exhibited in several cities in Belgium, Austria, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, México, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, UK, USA and was included in the curated collections ‘Selected works Ars Electronica Animation Festival’ (Linz, 2012) and the ‘Processing curated collection’ (USA, 2008).