Rise of the Tidal Island Queens (360 Video Documentation)

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  • Artist: Andrea G Artz
  • Release year: 2023
  • Running time: 00:08:16
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Description:

The work combines CGI imagery inspired by the myth of Aphrodite’s violent birth; how the goddess of Love and Fertility was born a grown woman shaped form the white foam of the sea, and an audio piece that is a virtual continuation of “memory work” and built upon the written and oral reflections of middle-aged women how they feel in their body and mind. Adding narrative from the “surreal artist Ithell Colquhoun with her vision of divine femininity, in which the woman becomes a landscape and merges with earth … In this metaphor, the project question’s themes related to mature women such as ageism, body confidence, and criticism of the eternal youthful representation of the female body. The clash between the two players: the body and the mind” (MiMi, Agora Digital Art). During the VR experience visitors find themselves stranded on a remote tidal island when a gang of naked middle-aged female avatars with different body shapes descend from an ocean interspersed with blood. They are playful, jump, dance, and shake their crowns underlined by the sound of the ocean. When the playfulness ends, they squat, and the folds of their bellies resemble the folds of the rocks and become frozen in time. Hereafter visitors float towards a cave system where they discover giant Venus sculptures and observe groups of amazons celebrating their rituals accompanied by a multi-layered soundscape woven with oral quotes of middle-aged women. The 360 video is 8 min 16 sec long. (available for VR app/ Oculus Quest) The Room scale VR experience for Oculus Rift is 15 min max but can end anytime.

Credits:

Idea, concept, cinematography, animation: Andrea G Artz Sound Design: Isa Suarez Thanks to the women who wrote or/and read the wonderful quotes! And to Veronica B. for the title idea and inspirational conversations. “Rise of the Tidal Island Queens”

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