The New Anxiety
The 300+ year technologies built to capture, understand and connect the world - from maps through geostationary satellites to contemporary algorithms and big data collection - have been exposed as weapons-grade systems that pluralise reality and destabilise the present. How does living in this new anxious world feel, and how deep do these systems take root?
Freefall [new work - a VIRTUALLYREALITY commission]
Holly Childs + Gediminas Žygus (2021), 3'
Holly Childs’ and Gediminas Žygus’ forking stories sit suspiciously over sci-fi-adjacent medieval folk sounds. ‘Freefall’ pummels with indeterminate urgency, haunted by dust, looming systems and conflicting devotions to knowledge and belief. This newly commissioned video made with artists Elif Satanaya Özbay and Tomasz Skibicki situates their anxious conspiracy-coaxing within creeping and osseous visuals.
Music by Holly Childs & Gediminas Žygus
Voiced by Marijn Degenaar, Elif Satanaya Özbay, Mark Prendergast
© & ℗ Subtext / Multiverse LTD. 2021
Video by Tomasz Skibicki & Elif Satanaya Özbay
Performance: Elif Satanaya Özbay
Creative styling: Pim Sem Benjamin
Costumes: Emma Torsteinsrud, Baby Reni and stylist's own
Typography: Charlotte Rohde
Commissioned by VIRTUALLYREALITY as part of VIRTUALLYREALITY SS21: The Long Triumph