Mona el Gammal
RHIZOMAT VR, 2017
VR experience for HTC Vive, Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift and Mobile VR
The 360° movie “RHIZOMAT VR” extends the Narrative Space “RHIZOMAT”, built by the artist Mona el Gammal, from physical into digital space. In the world of “RHIZOMAT VR”, the Institut für Methode (IFM), a global private company, has replaced the state and suppresses and monitors people with the promise of security and stability, down to the minutest areas of their life. The underground group Rhizomat, whose members push ahead in research into an alternative social order in individual cells, as well as organising practical resistance, rebels against the totalitarian IFM. Rhizomat has set itself the task of snatching those whose free will has not been completely extinguished from the dictatorial system. The regular mind control tests by the IFM are used by Rhizomat to set up alliances. Between dystopia and utopia, obedience and freedom, a struggle develops for each individual.
Duration: 12:35 min
Director, Scenography, Script & Concept: Mona el Gammal
Executive & Creative Producer: Sönke Kirchhof
With: Rike Will (Ivo Solar), Sascha Sommer (Shevek Puts)
Original voices: Gil Webster, Peter Feltham, Julia Whitham, Richard Doust, Ella Perrin, Amina Nouns
Associate producers: Simon Ofenloch (ZDF/ARTE), Kay Meseberg (ARTE360/ARTE G.E.I.E.), Annina Zwettler (ARTE Deutschland), Jochen Werner (Berliner Festspiele)
INVR.SPACE in co-production with Berliner Festspiele/Immersion and ZDF/ARTE, Supported by Fraunhofer HHI
„RHIZOMAT VR“ is based on a Narrative Space by Mona el Gammal. Production Narrative Space: Dana Georgiadis Hosted by Berliner Festspiele/Immersion . The Narrative Space was supported by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Rudolf Augstein Stiftung
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mona el Gammal’s work is an unusual form of political theatre: without actors, and with a stage that extends into the Internet and virtual space. In winter 2016, visitors were able to explore a dystopian yet very real-looking installation in a former telecommunications office in Palisadenstraße in Berlin that took up several floors. There, in a very individual way, they could discover the traces and evidence of these stories that took place in these rooms and link them. The installation ran for three months 12 hours a day. With the 360 ° movie “RHIZOMAT VR”, this now-defunct space can be entered and seen anywhere.
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