Showcased during the CODESS live performance at the Halle am Berghain July 14th to 17th, 2022
Anti-Atlantis is an experimental multi-sensory installation at the nexus of immersive art and scientific inquiry that unites an interdisciplinary group of artists with Neomento, a leading virtual reality therapy and research group at Berlin’s Charite hospital.
If Atlantis is the story of an ancient culture destroyed by nature, then Anti-Atlantis represents its opposite – a future landscape destroyed by the human culture of excess. The organic form represents the vision of utopian paradise as we remember it – even though this memory might exist only as a constructed fantasy. The scene reveals the effect of “progress”; appropriation of nature as a resource for industrial production with alarming pollution levels. Anthropocene leads to paradise lost, a disaster scenario that, if we ignore warning signs, gradually consumes everything. Anti-Atlantis calls for the moment of awakening. In time travel between past and future, it brings attention to our present behaviour, its consequences, and impulses for change.
Several participants are connected to the “source” via VR glasses and headphones experiencing individual, yet shared journey in ritualistic manner. The focus is on passage through dystopian vision of future, which could be still avoided by joined effort in creating the world we want to wake up into.
The Sensus Communis team consist of:
Evelyn Bencicova @evelyn_bencicova
Joris Demnard and Manuel Farre of Ikonospace @ikonospace
Enes Güç @enesguc
Zeynep Schilling @zeydepth_2.0
Farahnaz Hatam & Colin Hacklander of LABOUR @studio.labour