Online Exhibition

First Look VR: Tough Guy Mountain

With their VR work Intern Purgatory, Tough Guy Mountain (Iain Soder, Jonathan Carroll, and Cat Bluemke) camouflages a critical inquiry into art, labor, and emerging technology with a VR mindfulness app.

Cover Image:

Tough Guy Mountain, Intern Purgatory, 2020 (still). Virtual reality film, duration variable. Courtesy of the artist.

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Entering a sterile, corporate space, the user is led through a wellness exercise only to find themselves in an orientation for an unpaid internship. The work resembles, in some ways, the virtual reality genre of office simulation, in which users immerse themselves in detailed digital recreations of mundane environments as a reassuring form of entertainment, but weaves instead a paranoid tale of corporate control and biohacking.

Intern Purgatory was completed with funds from Rhizome’s Mobile VR microgrant and is available for viewing on the First Look: Artists’ VR app, powered by EEVO.


Major support for First Look is provided by the Neeson / Edlis Artist Commissions Fund.

The Rhizome Commissions Program is supported by Jerome Foundation, American Chai Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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