Dogioiu Dragoș-Ion is a New-Media artist interested in XR and animation, currently active in Bucharest. As a member of Kinema Ikon, he has collaborated with them in a number of exhibitions and workshops. He has also worked with museums, private galleries and cultural institutions, including the Ars Electronica Centre Linz where he participated in a group exhibition in 2022.
He is currently a teacher at the CINETIc Center in Bucharest, where he teaches subjects related to VR, AR and world-building.
The Cactus at the End of the World is a post-apocalyptic world inspired by and created with the help of Iulian Bisericaru, with a soundtrack by Romain Poirier. Without a precise imposed narrative, with no need to discern the future from the past, we stop acting and dedicate ourselves entirely to the act of seeing, even though we are not sure if what we see is the world through a lens, a machinic perspective or just the cacti point of view.
Sea of No Tomorrow is an interactive virtual reality experience highlighting a dystopian landscape consisting of the partially dried-up shoreline of a harbor area. The waves of contaminated water reveal a series of shipping containers filled with consumer goods that have been degraded by the passage of time. The bleeding sea surface is covered both with the remains of marine fauna and the traces of large-scale armed conflict. A project in collaboration with Hacklab Kimaera.
Anamnesis is a gamified narrative experience in VR dealing with the subjective retelling of the author’s childhood memories based on personal photographic and video archives. The main character in all the memories is represented by the author himself at different stages. Events are not depicted in an accurate manner, rather in the way they are remembered in adulthood and include elements of magical realism characteristic of childhood imagination.
Soma is a VR art project dealing with the perception of old, half-forgotten memories. The player moves through a vast space filled with neurons and synapses, searching for certain neural connections that represent key memories of the author. Given the passage of time, the memories are faded and distorted, showing only passing impressions of real events. After witnessing a certain memory, more connections form with surrounding neurons.
Aion consists of a short animated movie that was part of my Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts. Drawing inspiration from F. M. Dostoievsky’s Notes from the Underground, the work aims to bring the isolated and dissociated state of mind of the main character of the book away from Sankt Petersburg in the 1800’s and into a contemporary eastern european context.