Gastvortrag KEIKEN 11 Nov 2020

Collective worldbuilding, the metaverse and the phygital body

11.11.20 / 14.00 Uhr
Transmediale Kunst / @ Zoom 

Gastvortrag KEIKEN

Credit: Keiken + George Jasper Stone, Feel My Metaverse, ‘Pando’ played by Sakeema Crook 2019 - install view Frankfurter Kunstverein©. Originally created for Jerwood Collaborate!, supported by Jerwood Arts and Arts Council England. Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Adrienne Maree Brown “Everyone has universes and worlds inside them but we have not had permission to release them. Getting to do it in a collective environment is the first step to getting to do it on your own.”
The lecture will explore several key themes in Keiken's practice: firstly how they use world-building to collaborate and to make work, then the concept of a Metaverse; a persistent virtual reality space where users interact and inhabit. They'll also cover creating avatars and augmented reality face filters in Keiken's worlds to explore and challenge the constructs of gender/ beauty using technology as an emancipatory tool; with these tools, bodies can be anything. 

Keiken are a collaborative practice, co-founded by artists Tanya Cruz, Hana Omori and Isabel Ramos in 2015, they frequently work with multiple collaborators. Based between London and Berlin, they come from mixed diasporic backgrounds (Mexican/Japanese/European/Jewish). Keiken, Japanese for experience, create speculative worlds. They merge the physical and digital, “phygital”, using moving-image, CGI, gaming software, installation, virtual/augmented reality, programming and gamified performance. Simulating new structures and ways of existing they explore how societal introjection governs the way we feel, think and perceive.
Recent projects include solo exhibition Augmented Empathy, FACT, Liverpool (2020) and performance with FACT x Ars Electronica, We are at the end of something for Yerevan Digital Biennial (2020) and Mira.Mov, Ideal, Barcelona (2020), Feel My Metaverse with gamified performance for transmediale at HKW, Berlin (2020), Mind, Body and Screen, Block Universe (2020), Feel(s) 360 for Image Behaviour at ICA, London (2019) and Feel My Metaverse in collaboration with George Jasper Stone for Jerwood Art’s Collaborate!, London (2019), Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2020) and for König Galerie’s The Artist Is Online (2020).