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ARE YOU THERE?

THOUGHTS





TEXT Giorgia Burzio
WORK
Are You There? by Dayna Leavitt, Meredith Starr
LOCATION
New York, USA; London, UK



Are you there?

A simple question; three words that we as humans ask ourselves to be sure we are not alone in experiencing the world. Since antiquity, the relationship to the material reality that surrounds living beings has been deeply connected to mythology and allegories. Platoʼs allegory of the cave clearly defines what is real and what is not; the people chained to a rock in the bottom of the cave only see mere shadows, fictitious representations of reality. Only the people that liberate themselves from the imprisonment can experience the real world, and naively be blinded by it.

In the midst of everyday urban ecologies, the project represents an ongoing investigation about the possibilities that VR offers regarding shared experiences. Experimenting with photography, audio recordings and digital representations, the artists Dayna Leavitt (London) and Meredith Starr (New York) build environments that are not here nor there, but an instinctive glimpse of the different ecologies they experience daily in two different contexts. The feral images portrayed are an encounter of urban landscapes entangled with animals, botanical elements, and humans. Familiar and unfamiliar entities coexist in these environments; for instance the well known sound of a car honk juxtaposed with images of wild animals that in some cases find their habitat in the urban spaces. The different textures, colours and objects are layered together creating a flux of consciousness where the five rooms represent different moments of a day; dreamy landscapes where all the actors are recognisable, yet the whole is fictive. Or perhaps, not.






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