In the last years my attention turned intensively to the subjects of how, now and in the future, humans relate to other living beings, other natural elements, leading back to two basic questions: 1) what is the essence of definitions such life, person, human? and 2) how will humanity survive the rapid changes in the Anthropocene? I am working on two large installations, one about the dimension of human life in contrast to the age and power of Earth as mineral, temperature, movement; the other, about how we will survive ourselves in times of necropolitics (Mbembe, 2011). I have been making videos, video installations and games for a long time. Now, I am merging the ideas of game and video to a fake videogame about the end of the world. The work you see here, the video, is a direct response to the exhibition invitation, in Melbourne, and the project started with a web formulary asking all participating artists: “if you would have all resources in the world what issues would you solve” – all of us answered that we would solve environmental problems, and fight against necropolitics or social injustice. Because all these themes are familiar to my work, I am making a fantasy videogame in which or all of us win or all of us lose. The process of creating this video, using the input of seven other artists and working with one illustrator from Brazil, Guilherme Caldas, and another from Portugal, Pedro Pousada, has been a game itself. Based on the narratives of my fellow artists, of how they saw their time at SomoS and in Berlin, the characters were developed and the system of “points earning”. The idea is that we gain endless resources as more we relate to each other, as we learn to exist as habitants of Planet Earth with all its complexities, as the quality of respect we are exercise matures, as we understand and assume how women, from totally different backgrounds, can dream and work to create moments to fully experience utopia-like sororities.
Sound developed by Enrique Bernacchini.
SOON at Trocadero Art Center in Melbourne, Australia.