Issue Project Room: Eva Davidova - Global Mode
Event by Issue Project Room.
Tuesday, December 8th, ISSUE and Harvestworks are pleased to stream a commissioned residency project from multidisciplinary artist Eva Davidova, featuring Naicha Diaby as Cassandra > Low Witness Objects, Mx. Oops as Prometheus Herding PigGooses, and Heather Morowitz as Narcissus and Drowning Animals. Sound by Matthew D. Gantt. XR Interactions and development by Danielle McPhatter.
Global Mode > is an interactive, experimental online performance on ecological disaster, inertia, and manipulation of information. Occupying three reimagined mythological stories: Cassandra > Low Witness Objects; Prometheus Herding PigGooses; and Narcissus and Drowning Animals, the virtual space is presented as a playground, in which to find agency in uncertainty, reconfigure relationships with “others,” and invent new actions. Amidst immense immersive flowers, falling heads, cement landscapes and dirty waters, the audience is invited to collectively affect the performance, and to explore open-ended, fluid roles crisscrossing between themselves, virtual 3D Animals, and the performers from the past.
The non-linear world of Global Mode > has no ultimate “goals,” nor wins or losses. Rather, it compels an almost unconscious, immediate set of intentions and actions: a response and activity in the midst of blindness to evident horrors, predictable disasters, and baffling cruelty. Involving viewers through unscripted movements and intuitive gestures, the performance explores the instability of our actions, their unintentional outcomes, and the continuous/constant mediation these actions are subject to.
Playing with a paradox, Davidova imagines us as being built by our descendants (human or cyborg), and poses a question: “If we are the games our children will program one day, can we influence the code they are writing?”