Starting 4 June 2023, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Starting on 4 June 2023, following the first expansion of WORLDBUILDING, in which works by the artists Koo Jeong A, Ericka Beckman, Porpentine Charity Heartscape, and Pierre Huyghe were added to the exhibition, additional works by David OReilly, Philippe Parreno, Sahej Rahal, and Afrah Shafiq will be included.
David OReilly began his career as an artist working as an animator and is especially known for his short films. In addition, OReilly has written screenplays for television series such as South Park and developed fictive video games for Spike Jonze’s Oscar-winning film Her. In the computer game Everything (2017), on view at JSF Düsseldorf, players can travel through the universe and take on the roles of various animals, plants, and other things, giving them the ability to see the world from different perspectives and to change between various micro- and macrocosms.
The starting point of the video game installation Nobody Knows for Certain (2023) by Indian artist Afrah Shafiq is the historical cultural exchange between the former USSR and the region of South Asia. Slavic fairy tales and Soviet stories play a central role in the childhood memories of the generation that grew up in India between the 1960s and mid-1980s. In Nobody Knows for Certain, Shafiq uses this material to create a unique narrative in which she critically reflects on folkloristic fairy tales and examines their philosophy and politics from the perspective of the present.
In the audioreactive AI installation Anhad (2023) by Sahej Rahal, a sensitive artificial intelligence program in the form of an unknown being reacts to sound stimuli from the outside world such as sounds made by visitors to the exhibition. The organism seems to disregard all comprehensible hierarchies and reacts without judging the information—a practice that no human is capable of.
In 1999 Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno bought the rights to a virtual avatar that was originally developed for computer games. They named it AnnLee and, in collaboration with other artists, they endeavored to fill this blank “being” with stories and ideas in order to give the avatar an identity and a life of her own. Following the presentation of Huyghe’s version in the exhibition, Parreno’s animated film will present one more “chapter” in the life of AnnLee.
In September 2023 additional works will be added to WORLDBUILDING. A comprehensive exhibition catalog will reflect on the research project and give various perspectives on the phenomenon of gaming.