Hana Yoo

Rapture, 2019

VR experience for HTC Vive, Mobile VR or Oculus Go

‘Rapture of the deep’, also called nitrogen narcosis, is a reversible alteration in consciousness that occurs while scuba diving. The film tells a narrative of experience underwater, disoriented and altered perception in the deep, along with the NDE (near-death experience). Reorganizing memories, Rapture explores the fluidity between fiction and reality, as well as mind and body. Inspired by Vilem Flusser’s philosophical fiction Vampyroteuthis Infernalis(1987), which imagines the deep sea creature as “other” to human, the narration speaks to an imaginary existence and address the futility of the notion of knowledge. “How funny it is, ‘To know’. We’ve studied and searched into the depths to know one thing about you, and yet, we're making things we don’t know, every time we create what we know.”

 

Credit: underwater video : Hana Yoo, Wayne Cheung, Nguyễn Anh Tuấn, Youngseok Kim

Sound source : NASA

Cast : Jacopo Camilli
Duration : 4’36’’

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Hana Yoo creates experiential works in video and film that investigate the nature of artificiality and its politics, altered mental states from media and technology, schizophrenic/synthetic perspectives of speculation. Through storytelling on moving image, she explores various mediums such as poetry, digital game and 3D modeling. Her works have shown at museums and festivals including the Fotomuseum (Winterthur, Switzerland), Musrara Mix Festival (Jerusalem, Israel), and 9th Cairo Video Festival (Cairo, Egypt). She lives and works in Berlin.

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