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Co-presented by the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art and Art POP:
YouTube Livestream from Los Angeles, followed by a Q&A with Theo Triantafyllidis, Connor WIllumsen, Lindsey Normington and Cameron Stallones. Moderated by Cheryl Sim PhD and Bronson Smillie
Performance: 60 minutes
Q&A: 30 minutes
Anti-Gone is a livestream performance by artist Theo Triantafyllidis, based on the comic book of the same name by Connor Willumsen, commissioned and produced by Onassis Culture. Anti-Gone incorporates live performance with real time simulation to explore the social impacts of technology, privilege and the beginnings and ends of worlds.
Adapting the mechanics of open world video games, Anti-Gone revises traditional narrative into a continuous simulation, taking place in a meticulously crafted 3D world, full of visual signifiers of paradise: a bright blue ocean, lush multicoloured vegetation, a sunken city lit by glowing sunsets. This world is also riddled with social unrest and mutation, a post-climate change world where environmental catastrophe has become normalized. The vestiges of late-capitalist culture – consumerism, inequality, social unrest – live on, clinging like barnacles to the ruins of civilization. This work features Spyda and Lynxa on their sailboat, as they glide from shopping to movies to psychedelic drugs, and social unrest. Using a motion-capture suit and a virtual reality headset as embodied interfaces, actors puppeteer their live avatars. Performing alongside them, behind the scenes, Triantafyllidis and his team of game engineers direct and shape the world in real time. Via a live chat, the online audience will have the opportunity to directly interact with the performers by improvising dialogue and controlling characters and environmental conditions in real time, thus changing the course of the narrative. In the midst of uncertainty, Anti-Gone is offering a soothing experience with a critical view on the privilege of escape.
Director: Theo Triantafyllidis
Writer: Connor Willumsen
Production Manager: Polina Miliou
Key Collaborator: Matthew Doyle
Cast: Lindsey Normington, Zana Gankhuyag, Sam Congdon
Composer and Live Music Performance: Cameron Stallones
Game Engine Performer: Theo Triantafyllidis
Motion Capture and Movement Coach: Rachel Ho
Game Engine Team
Lead Artist: Theo Triantafylldis
Lead Programmer: Stalgia Grigg
Lead 3D Character Designer: Joseph Melhuish
3D Artists: Sara Drake, Ryan Decker, Siyao Zheng
Commissioned and Produced by Onassis Culture
Motion Capture technology provided by Noitom MoCap
Special thanks to:
Sundance New Frontier
The Breeder Gallery
Meredith Rosen Gallery
Human Resources Los Angeles
UCLA Design Media Arts
This event will be in English.
Image: Theo Triantafyllidis, Anti-Gone. Courtesy of the artist