Santiago Tavera -
Episode 3 - Live Despecho, 2018
(VR) immersive and interactive installation
For the duo artists Santiago Tavera and Laura Acosta, The Novels of Elsgüer is a collaborative project in which Laura’s fiber-based practice interacts with Santiago’s digitally animated explorations to develop immersive experiences through the interaction of new media components such as mapping projections, virtual/augmented reality and live performance.
In Episode 3 - Live Despecho, the duo explores how concepts of dislocation, translation and migration affect bodies who are constantly crossing borders (both physical and virtual ones). By offering multidimensional spaces, the body becomes an overstimulated element in constant flux who is being observed and monitored by a CCTV system which documents its performance while is being virtually immersed in a surreal borderless suburban environment. The duality of been physically and virtually present at different locations simultaneously allows the audience to reveal their own views regarding not only the physical paradigm of the virtual realm, but the effects exerted by systems that monitor and analyze these behaviours in a data-driven economy often regulated by omnipresent states of power.