The Swan Collective
The Swan Collective is a fictitious artist group of five members: Richard Tator, Miles Macre, Nils Sanddorn, Coca Lloyd and Felix Kraus, founded by the latter in 2007. In their works techniques like painting, performance, 3D animation and photography are the foundation for virtual reality experiences. Using contemporary media like 2D and 3D animation, photogrammetry and classical filming techniques, they create worlds which mimic a distorted reality, resembling forgotten memories and dreams.
Flatland is a tribute to the namesake book by Edwin Abbott Abbott. In the literary work, Flatland is a visionary bi-dimensional world whose “flat” life is troubled by the interaction with a three-dimensional world. The discovery of the third dimension opens thus to the hypothesis of possible new dimensions not yet known and new possible universes only conceivable. The Swan Collective’s artistic work thus reflects on the partiality of our knowledge, using technology as a propulsion for the discovery of alternative worlds. “Flatland” is a multi-media exhibition consisting of different motives. The artists involve the viewer in a series of visual and sensory perceptual experiences seeking new dimensions of existence, whether tangible or fictional, and propose a contemporary artistic vision that deals with the latest technological achievements by moving the boundaries of artistic practice beyond the habits.
Felix Kraus is the founder of The Swan Collective and studied media art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He received the scholarship ‘Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes’. The group mixes different techniques like Virtual & Augmented Reality, literature, painting and paper embossments. Works of the collective were shown in institutions like Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, CCBB Brazil, Goethe Institut Toronto, C-Gallery Milan, Gallery Casciaro Bolzano, Espronceda Barcelona, Literaturhaus Berlin & Egyptian Museum Munich.