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Daaphne
By Valentina Ferrandes

Valentina Ferrandes is a southern Italian visual artist, designer and filmmaker. Interweaving a technology-driven approach to image-making with archival found footage, environmental recordings, archaeological findings and documentary video, she creates narrative strategies to explore potential new worlds between past and present.
Languages Italian, English
“Daphne is waking up, skittish and coming back to her natural shape as a woman and water-nymph. How long have you been down there? Days? Weeks? It's hard to tell. Days have a tendency to blend together when you spend all your time underwater.”

A voiceover, a text written by Ovid and GPT3, an algorithm of artificial intelligence, describes the uncanny new world the nymph Daphne wakes up to after her shapeshifting into a laurel tree. Her new fluid body defies gravity, suspended mid-air in a procedural, newborn, virgin and ever-morphing planet. The story of Apollo's attempt to rape the naiad, told by the Greek poet Ovid in the Metamorphoses, is revisited through automated writing and CGI. In its most emotional interpretation, a myth told by a machine, evokes the absurd and perennial struggle between man and nature, femininity and male ego, while evoking the urgency to surpass a dystopian vision of mankind's impact on nature.

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