For the first time in its history, Theater der Welt is extended to the metaverse. For the 16th edition of the festival, artist Saeborg is creating “Soultopia”, where her signature animals live in symbiosis. “Soultopia” is a gaming space accessible from anywhere in the world, where the rules of the human world do not apply: Everyone is invited to collectively transform into non-human beings and encounter each other beyond the bounds of gender, age and human language. By logging into the VR chat platform via their own PC or a head-mounted display, visitors to “Soultopia” can discover new forms of being together that go beyond physical contact.
The journey into this world begins with the transformation of all participants into a tapeworm allowing them to explore the intestines of a farm animal. After leaving the intestines with the stool, one experiences a reincarnation into livestock. In the sprawling farm that is “Soultopia”, participants can immerse themselves in their new life as pigs, cows or chicken as they purr together, swim, climb trees and participate in healing therapies.
During the opening hours of Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm, a video documenting the experience in the metaverse will be presented in the foyer, and some head-mounted displays will allow visitors to enter the metaverse live on-site.
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About the Artist(s)
Saeborg regards herself as an incomplete cyborg: half human, half toy. She creates latex body suits as extensions of her own skin, in which she embodies toy-like figures and stages performances in a range of artistic contexts. She creates colorful dystopias inspired by the most basic creatures of our ecosystem. Her most recent works include ‘Cycle of L’ for the Museum of Art, Kochi (2020) and ‘House of L’ for the Aichi Triennale (2019). She was invited to the Tasmanian Dark Mofo Festival in 2019 and the 6th Athens Biennale “ANTI” in 2018.