Tina Wilke, Matias Brunacci & Laura Fong Prosper
Memories of other possible Futures, 2021
VR experience for Oculus Quest
From our ancestors view we revitalize the Utopian ideas that we carved out of found footage from a donated 16 mm film archive from the second half of the 20th century and bring them to life within a virtual reality. In this hybrid installation abandoned dreams of the future become virtual reality experience, document and fiction intersect and merge into a speculative vision of layered realities, creating semi-fictional extensions of perspectives and alternative historical narratives that enable an intercultural and intergenerational transfer of knowledge and symbols.
In this way, we oppose the neoliberal discourse of “no alternative” with resistant "counter-archives" to the hegemonic historical narratives.
This Roomscale VR experience starts inside a futuristic tunnel that leads to an utopic island through which the audience can navigate freely by using the joysticks. They can explore various video sculptures built out of the digitized films that dialogue with contemporary texts on the topics of emancipation, queer ecology, space travel and participation. opening up representational spaces for marginalized or repressed positions, postcolonial memory, retro-futurist aesthetics and queer ecology merge within an archaeological process of re-imagining other possible futures.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tina Wilke is a media artist, filmmaker and activist from East Berlin who works with screens and projections within installations, stages and experimental film forms on the topics of collective memory, postmodern belief systems and decolonial methods of community building. In her hybrid approach she mixes and overlaps archive material and found footage with digital new media, oscillating between the appropriated and the own, the historical and the current, the analogue and the digital.
She studied Art and Media at the University of the Arts (Udk) Berlin and has a master’s degree in Theatre with New Media and Interactivity from the Universidad Nacional de las Artes (UNA) Buenos Aires.
Her work was shown in Berlin, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Montevideo and New York amongst others.
Laura Fong Prosper is a Panamanian video artist and filmmaker based in Berlin. Her video installations and audiovisual essays explore the boundaries between analogue and digital technologies while addressing questions of cultural belonging, longing, displacement, identity, memory, ancestry, feminism and motherhood. While working with archival material, old photographs and analogue video synthesizers she conducts her own research as recycler of audiovisual equipment and media. She holds a degree from the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba (EICTV) and a MFA in New Media Art from the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. She has also participated in exchange programs with the Kunsthochschule für Medien (KHM) in Cologne, Germany and the Tongji University in Shanghai, China. Her art has been exhibited in China, Panama, Germany, Costa Rica, Colombia, the United States, Brazil, Ukraine and the internet.
Matias Brunacci is a New Media Artist, Developer, and Creative Technologist born in Buenos Aires and based in Berlin whose works range from audiovisual performances to virtual Realities. Within immersive environments, Matías creates ritual spaces of techno-shamanism, that explore the human-machine relation, focusing on topics like ancestral futurism, and neo-paganism. He artistically investigates other uses of state-of-the-art technologies, amplifying and mixing their effects to create different realities and states of consciousness.
He earned a Master of Arts degree in New Media and Computational Art at the Buenos Aires University of Arts -UNA- in Argentina, finishing his studies under the Student Exchange Program for Generative and Computational Art at the Berlin University of Arts -UdK- in Germany.
His work was shown in Berlin, Buenos Aires, New York, Amsterdam, and Italy, among others.
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