Looking to Imaginary worlds and fictional universes, here we explore the capturing and existence of these places within the digital realm. Through the forms of floating digital galleries and stories set amongst spaces and stars, these online spaces allow for the creation of new identities, spaces and ideas and questioning of old ones. Dilman Dila, an internationally acclaimed fiction writer, shares with us Jopolo, an interactive graphic novel that re-imagines ancient African stories about star travel, about people who came from the sky and about those who went up there. Travel through time and space with Japanese dance sensation enra, and watch as they defy the laws of physics. Questioning of physicality is explored in Refiguring Space, a web-based exhibition experience that de-contextualises the physical and encourages otherness. Frequencies of a Birthmark creates and examines imagined geographies, through the fictional character Godide and his passage, itinerary, departure and exile within the Gaza Empire. The surreal is captured in Ukuhlolwa kwePhupha, an experimental film looking at merging online, real-time and dreamscapes, and even further pushed in live performance-meets-animation Jigsaw. Here, performers interact across different continents to bring you an experience that is absurdist, scientific and human.
Strange New World: non-spaces, imagined spaces
VoyagerDance / Digital Arts
What if a dance supergroup from the future told you to forget what you knew about the laws of physics and took you on a journey to the stars?
Improvised duet between a human dancer and 12 drones that follow the dancer in real time. A feat of technological wizardry.
Refiguring SpaceWeb VR
Committed to the exploration of technology and the visual arts, TMRW presents a web-based virtual reality experience.
Jopolo: Spaceships from pre-colonial AfricaSci-Fi
In this interactive graphic novel by storyteller Dilman Dila, a grief-stricken man travels to the stars to search for his dead wife. A surprisingly inspirational tale.
Ukuhlolwa kwePhuphaFilm / Performance Art
An experimental film exploring daily routine, a dreamscape and technologies that obscure the malleable line that divides these experiences.
Frequencies of a birthmark – Episode 2Visual Art
A revisitation through collages and animated videos of an 1895’s image of Godide, the last ruler of the Gaza Empire.