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Unwound

Virtual reality performance
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Performance with VR and spoken word. Approx. 20 min, 2019

Unwound is a mixed reality performance by visual artist Vita Evangelista. Our contribution to this piece was the development of a virtual dreamscape in accordance with Vita's vision, as well as setup and tech support in the various NL locations this piece was shown, such as Korzo, Eye Filmmuseum and Frascati amongst others. Vita, or in other occasions a performer, would perform a spoken word piece while exploring said dreamscape, which was in turn projected on a large screen for the audience to see.

The following is the artist's description of their work:

 How does somebody stay in and out of touch with (mater)realities that are split by oceans / differences / epistemic violence / optical fibers / memory loss / emotions that derive from and pertain to borders? ​Reinterpreting the affects that permeate their experience of gender, sexuality, trauma, and migration, Vita collaborates with artist and developer Javier Damonte to construct Unwound’s VR environment: a virtual motherland.  The performance work combines intuitive writing, spoken word, and VR. Using the common potential of these mediums for creating immersive narratives that are only enabled through embodiment, the emotional environment can in turn be collectively inhabited. Strangers become familiar. Bodies, memories, affect, hardware, and digital technologies transit through one other.​Previously shown at the Eye Filmmuseum, Frascati Theater, Lost & Found, Korzo Theater, and Butcher's Tears, in The Netherlands. Previous versions include performance with Karin Iturralde, Carly Rose Bedford, M. Maria Walhout, and Jinan Vyent.


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