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Doireann O’Malley

Hyperbodies in Hyperspace

“Hyperbodies in Hyperspace” is a multi-disciplinary exploration of virtual reality as a tool for affective political resistance and social transformation. It aims to reconsider the relationship between nature and technology and the role of networks and infrastructure in a time of multiple crisis.

Exploring feminist perspectives within biology, botany, cybernetics, and quantum physics as means to unravel dualistic infrastructure, implementing rhizomatic research methodologies, movement practices, anti-capitalist and environmental activist strategies, utilizing 3D and coding to create VR installations and performances.

“Hyperbodies in Hyperspace” is an immersive installation that combines cinematic works, live performances and tangible virtual realities. The multidisciplinary project is set against the background of the crisis situation triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and takes it as an opportunity to negotiate the relationship between nature and technology and to explore the role of networks and infrastructures. The cross-media scenario refers to a group of people who find themselves in a crisis situation triggered by a disaster. Together the characters develop various ideological and ecological strategies that can lead to the creation of a new world after the crisis. The different protagonists deconstruct the current socio-political system of patriarchal capitalism in a behaviour that is both introverted and interactive, in order to make utopias and alternative forms of living together conceivable. Rhizomatic research methods, movement practices, anti-capitalist and environmental activist strategies meet, connect and rub against each other. Various queer-feminist perspectives from the fields of biology, botany, cybernetics, evolutionary symbiosis and quantum physics serve as a basis for the project, including those of Karen Barad, Lynn Margolis, Donna Haraway and Paul B. Preciado. The visual plane of this future world will be created through coding and 3D technology.

Doireann O’Malley is an artist living in Berlin. Recent exhibitions, talks and screenings include: Urban Video Project, Light Work, Syracuse University; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.); BPA Talks, KW Berlin; National Sculpture Factory / Cork Film Festival; Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art; Stadium Gallery, Berlin; Nordenhake Mexico City; Fondazione Adolfo Pini, Milan; Rencontres Internationales Paris / Berlin; Bozar, Brussels; Mumok Kino Vienna; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Bobs Pogo Bar, KW Berlin; Berlin Art Prize 2018; Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg; “Prototypes” produced by Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, co-published by Sternberg Press and The Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst with essays by Lou Drago, Caspar Heinemann and Joel Kuennen. Book Launch of “Prototypes” at Spike Berlin.