Humour, lush visuals and gaming tropes provide an entry point to the work of Theo Triantafyllidis (1988, Greece). Computer simulations, improvisations and failures, awkward interactions and precarious physics are employed to produce visual gags. By manipulating emerging technologies, he searches for their potential emotional impact and the designated limits of their use, often trying to break them. Webpages, virtual and augmented reality, games and interactive installations are his media of choice for this.
At the point of their climax, his pieces often become overwhelming, exaggerated or outrageous, trying to expose the audience to the underlying themes that inform his practice. These are strongly related to internet culture and include isolation, sexuality, violence, addiction and fear of missing out. Together with a general overflow of information and its nonsensical nature, this is the part of the internet that he considers the context for his work.
Triantafyllidis' work has been shown in museums, galleries and festivals including the Hammer Museum LA, NRW Forum Düsseldorf, 6th Athens Biennale ANTI, Tolhuistuin Amsterdam, Intelligentsia Gallery Beijing, New Wight Gallery UCLA and Young Projects Gallery LA. In 2017 he was part of HyperPavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.