About the artist
Cenk Güzelis is a Vienna based digital artist, filmmaker and master graduate in Art and Architecture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Currently he is a PhD Candidate and a Faculty Member of the Institute for Experimental.
Architecture ./studio3, University of Innsbruck, where he is developing his research on interactive virtual environments with neuro-optical machine visions to help people dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder disorder specifically with derealization and depersonalization disorder. His Installation, Emilia, The Trauma Machine uses apparatuses of capture and media, specifically motion tracking suits, EEG devices and Head mounted Displays and focuses on the approach of transfer of experience from the virtual bodies to the biological bodies.
By interlinking sensorimotor and perceptual modes of cognition with the digital spatiotemporal actualities, his project aims to negotiate the symptoms of post traumatic disorder in enactive virtual environments that is designed to rewire the conflicting regions of the brain caused by the trauma.
By observing how traumatized people interact with their virtual selves in the virtual environments of trauma, he observes the influences of technology in reshaping personal identity. He worked in Computer Aided Manufacturing at the Platform for Analog and Digital Production, Institute for Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and led various LIDAR and Animation Workshops in Denmark and in Austria. In 2016, in the team of Innsbruck based Architecture Practice LAAC, he worked on the Architectural Film Project, “Coexistence” for the Montenegro Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. His short films were screened and awarded at festivals in Europe and in the USA. In 2017, his short The Aleph received the Best Short Animation FX award at the 45th Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival.