Control Negative
Control Negative

Monika Masłoń
VR installation, 2022

Exercise in loss, mechanisms of illusion, training in lack of control and influence

In this interactive installation, viewers are invited to participate in a process during which they learn about the mechanisms of illusion, train their lack of control and influence, and observe what happens when they lose what they are used to. Using VR technology, the author attempts to put the viewer into a state in which strong emotions – frustration, powerlessness, anger, and sadness – reveal basic human mechanisms, including the illusory belief that one can control one’s life. The unreal world of the experience – a negative version of the real world – is a kind of training room for getting to know oneself and one’s emotions better. The user is led through successive chapters of the piece, which allow a gradual transition from action to contemplation.

Monika Masłoń − a graduate of the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. From 2011-2016, she was a doctoral student at the L. Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television, and Theatre in Łódź, where, under the supervision of Professor Józef Robakowski, she completed her doctoral thesis titled ‘See You’. She is involved in artistic activities, mainly through realizations based on audiovisual material.