3hd 2020’s “UNHUMANITY” festival week in Berlin draws together what has already been months of events and remote projects as part of this year’s decentralized and dislocated festival structure, surfacing across the map. The “Vessels” evening of live performances is one of two to happen at Berlin’s HAU Hebbel am Ufer this year, exploring a system of human and non-human forces, built around an interconnected habitat of art, music, performance, digital culture, and its relationship to the more opaque idea of Nature Herself.
Keiken “The Metaverse Womb”
Happening on November 6, “Vessels” bridges technology, ecology and humanity through alternative ideas of bodies, using video game design and avatar-building aesthetics as artistic tools for generating political messages and imagining environments that center the experiences, concerns and perspectives of both artist and audience. Berlin and London-based interdisciplinary collective Keiken presents “The Metaverse Womb” a new media installation, a screening and a live motion-capture performance in collaboration with pregnant choreographer and dancer Naama Tomaszpolski Ityel who will be performing, both digitally and physically, wearing costume HYDRA uniform offsprings created by phygital researcher, practitioner and fashion designer Agf HYDRA. Keiken perform live with the characters and real people of their film produced with CGI artist Ryan Vautier and dancer, model and activist Sakeema Crook. The presentation utilizes Off World Live’s software tools for interactive and gamified live-streaming and builds on a symbology of creating life and being a vessel that encompasses all gender and age.
Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley “We Are Here Because of Those That Are Not”
London and Berlin-based Black trans artist, activist, game developer and mother Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley’s will share their recent work “We Are Here Because of Those That Are Not”—a film and interactive performance centered on remembering Black Trans ancestors who have been forgotten to time, as well as installing Black Trans existence in the present. Brathwaite-Shirley use electronic sound and animation to create a virtual archive for Black Trans bodies who were wrongly archived or never archived at all. By applying their own lived experience to imaginatively retelling Trans stories, the artist reclaims space for their forgotten forebears, while also admitting other people in to learn from them.