Choreographing modes of being
To question her 21st century interpretation of ‘Makerhood vs. Motherhood’, Victorine van Alphen set out the research method ‘Dreaming like an Alien’: “Going deep enough in (new CGI) technologies to dream in them, while remaining alien enough to see, (ab)use and expand their logics and possibilities”. And so for six months van Alphen ‘infiltrated’ in the VFX & Immersive media department at the Film Academy, unexpectedly finding procedural simulation technologies she now uses to grow ‘cyborgs’ in which complexity and chaos are crucial for the ‘aliveness’ of the outcomes in VR.
Van Alphen’s research led her to develop her project IVF-X, which is an experimental exhibition that functioned as a futuristic social institute or transmedia ritual in which the experiencer moves through 4 roles for a layered experience playing with his/her personal reproduction preferences, desires and dilemmas. “IVF-X is A post-human reproduction procedure to breed and meet your own Cyborg-baby in hybrid reality, where VR and physical reality merge. After an intimate interview in the infodonor- room in the light of a digital womb, you will encounter your interactive cyborg baby, digitally grown for you, based on your choices.”
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