Nicholas Delap is a freelance digital artist working with VR, AR, 3D modelling to explore themes of wilderness, re-wilding, and Post-Humanism. Through use of speculative simulation, Delap creates immersive and other-wordly virtual environments, sculptures, and video installations. Most often downloadable to the desktop, Delap’s 3D rendered works materialize as self-contained interactive environments that undermine the traditional boundaries between the human, the natural, and the technological.
In his work, Delap explores the relationship between modern, domesticated technologies and wildness. Utilizing hypermedia, Delap opens portals between discrete virtual spaces that aim to capture the magic and meaning inherent to their physical referents. His works operate on the logic of video games, emphasizing embodiment and the inherent qualities of the virtual to offer unique and near-religious phenomenologies that root the viewer to the digital landscape. What results are paradoxical encounters through screenspace that richly enmesh the natural and the artficial in complex software assemblages that resist binary classification or simplistic understandings of what is 'natural.'
Recently, Delap exhibited at @das.bologna with @_metoche / @mock_jungle and @barcuferia with #SiliconValet. He is currently participating in @chaosmagicspace x @omsk_social_club digital residency ‘Spur.’ Past notable works include commissions for UNIQLO, Parklife Festival, Lovebox Festival and works for musicians @ashnikko and @theninthwave_, and designers @drme_studio (Drop Everything Festival Instagram Filter) and @studiomoross (Parklife/Lovebox Instagram Filters).
In 2022, Nicholas achieved an Honorary Mention at the ARS Electronica awards, in the Computer Animation category, for his work on the VR World 'It was a Roadside Picnic/ Beyond Black Orientalism'
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