Beeple’s kinetic sculpture at the M+ museum depicts an astronaut on an endless metaverse tour

M+ presents the Asian premiere of HUMAN ONE by Beeple

M+ Museum Hong Kong presents HUMAN ONE, the latest kinetic video sculpture by artist Beeple, also known as Mike Winkelmann. Designed as a continuous digital display that will evolve periodically over time, the artwork introduces the first human being born in the Metavers, a 3D virtual world that can only be accessed via the internet. The piece depicts a human figure in an astronaut suit wandering endlessly through the ever-changing virtual landscape. HUMAN ONE can be seen from 9 December 2022 to 30 April 2023 in the museum’s Focus Gallery.

Beeple's kinetic sculpture at the M+ museum depicts an astronaut on an endless metaverse tour
Still of HUMAN ONE, 2021, Four-channel digital video sculpture (color, silent), polished aluminum and mahogany support, Dynamic non-fungible token. Courtesy of Ryan Zurrer’s personal collection, photo courtesy of the artist

an astronaut who travels endlessly in the virtual realm

Beeple’s HUMAN ONE introduces a hybrid digital and physical artwork that presents an astronaut traveler in a three-meter-high, rotating, box-like structure made up of four monolithic LED screens. The traveler moves through the endlessly evolving virtual world, on his way to an undetermined destination. As the traveler keeps moving, the environment adapts and turns into a collage of different environments, from dreamy to dystopian, hallucinatory to gloomy. The artwork represents an ongoing conversation in response to current events and reflects the artist’s changing interests throughout his life. Beeple is expected to update this virtual landscape from time to time, adding elements from the Internet and his own practice to respond to the general state of the world. The traveler’s journey serves as a metaphor for human progress, reminding us that our own digital and physical existences are becoming increasingly blurred.

HUMAN ONE is an ongoing experiment that attempts to bridge the digital and physical worlds in an open canvas, a moving work of art that restlessly displays current images and creates new meanings. I am excited to see HUMAN ONE’s ongoing journey stretching across geographic boundaries to arrive at M+ for a diverse and daring audience in Hong Kong.” shares the American digital artist.

HUMAN ONE tells an innate humanist story of exploration, discovery and new enlightenment. There really is no better place to present Beeple’s visionary chronicle than M+, located in the urban center of fast-paced cosmopolitan Hong Kong.’ mentions Suhanya Raffel, director of the museum of visual culture.

Beeple's kinetic sculpture at the M+ museum depicts an astronaut on an endless metaverse tour
Still of HUMAN ONE, 2021, Four-channel digital video sculpture (color, silent), polished aluminum and mahogany support, Dynamic non-fungible token. Courtesy of Ryan Zurrer’s personal collection, photo courtesy of the artist

Beeple's kinetic sculpture at the M+ museum depicts an astronaut on an endless metaverse tour
Still of HUMAN ONE, 2021, Four-channel digital video sculpture (color, silent), polished aluminum and mahogany support, Dynamic non-fungible token. Courtesy of Ryan Zurrer’s personal collection, photo courtesy of the artist

Beeple's kinetic sculpture at the M+ museum depicts an astronaut on an endless metaverse tour
HUMAN ONE, 2021, Four-channel digital video sculpture (color, silent), polished aluminum and mahogany support, Dynamic non-fungible token. Courtesy of Ryan Zurrer’s personal collection, photo courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd

Beeple's kinetic sculpture at the M+ museum depicts an astronaut on an endless metaverse tour
HUMAN ONE, 2021, Four-channel digital video sculpture (color, silent), polished aluminum and mahogany support, Dynamic non-fungible token. Courtesy of Ryan Zurrer’s personal collection, photo courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd

Beeple's kinetic sculpture at the M+ museum depicts an astronaut on an endless metaverse tour
HUMAN ONE, 2021, Four-channel digital video sculpture (color, silent), polished aluminum and mahogany support, Dynamic non-fungible token. Courtesy of Ryan Zurrer’s personal collection, photo courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd

Beeple's kinetic sculpture at the M+ museum depicts an astronaut on an endless metaverse tour
HUMAN ONE, 2021, Four-channel digital video sculpture (color, silent), polished aluminum and mahogany support, Dynamic non-fungible token. Courtesy of Ryan Zurrer’s personal collection, photo courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd

Beeple's kinetic sculpture at the M+ museum depicts an astronaut on an endless metaverse tour
HUMAN ONE, 2021, Four-channel digital video sculpture (color, silent), polished aluminum and mahogany support, Dynamic non-fungible token. Courtesy of Ryan Zurrer’s personal collection, photo courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd

project info:

name: HUMAN
artist: Beep | @beeple_crap
museum: M+ Museum Hong Kong | @mplusmuseum
dates: December 9, 2022 – April 30, 2023

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