Timur Si-Qin, Poquauhock/Mercenaria 1, 2018, 3-D-printed SLA resin, acrylic, 34 1⁄4 × 27 1⁄2 × 16 1⁄2".

Timur Si-Qin

Magician Space 魔金石空间

When artists experiment with virtual reality, they often lose themselves in the medium’s overwhelming possibilities. So A New Protocol VR v.1.2, 2018, the sole VR piece in Timur Si-Qin’s “East, South, West, North,” is a pleasant surprise. Among the pieces on display in this show, it is the one that most clearly expresses the artist’s intentions, thematically and visually uniting the other works. Broadly speaking, Si-Qin is advocating for a “new spirituality” to help humanity move past a binary relationship between the human and natural worlds.

Walking into the gallery’s back room, one sees a seat shaped like a round white rock and two VR headsets. The headsets put viewers in a desert at dawn, beside a campfire. A voice starts to explain New Peace, Si-Qin’s brand and “protocol,” conceived as a secular spiritual code emphasizing that humans are only one part of a complex world of interconnected

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