Judith Sönnicken

Google Gardening, 2017

VR experience for Oculus Rift

Two interdimensional travelers are planting flora in the garden of the Googleplex building in Silicon Valley. The ritual takes place in virtual reality, allowing them to trespass into a corporate, privatized environment that embodies a search engine. While Google claims accessibility to all human knowledge in virtual space, the two figures are glitching through the cracks of this mental geography, in order to introduce unknown species into its actual garden. The sound consists of adaptive biofeedback of the plants to their environment, touch and water.

GOOGLE GARDENING, 2017, Virtual ritual, 2:40 min, loop

Performers, costumes, tools: Sonja Gerdes, Judith Sönnicken

Sound: Martin Velez

Producer: Daniel Lisi

Studio: Navel.live, Los Angeles

Post-production: Serhiy Protsenko

Plant selection: Alika Cooper

Thanks to: Chris Varenhorst, Kristoffer Josefsson, Caspar Böhme, Hansun Hsiung




Judith Sönnicken (*1981) is a dimensional athlete, future ancient and chthonic collaborator. Her work interfaces primal immersion, virtual ritual, and the plasticity of memory. She shifts through quantum physics and dreams, holds space for jetlagged objects and befriends hyperobjects. Her work has been shown at Museu Geológico de Portugal/Lisbon, Green Art Gallery/Dubai, Spinnerei/Leipzig, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture/Yukon, The Institute of Jamais Vu/London, Cirrus Gallery/Los Angeles, Icebox Projects/Philadelphia and The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?) 11th Gwangju Biennial.

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