21 June 2010 - 14 August 2010
IBM Exhibition Space, Second Life®
Curated by Tezcatlipoca Bisiani
“Alternate Futures" is an interactive, immersive 3D art experience primarily concerned with Afrofuturism, an artistic, literary, and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of sci-fi, art science, fantasy and magical realism with non-Western concepts in order to investigate contemporary issues of people of color, but also to re-examine linkages to historical events of the past.
This Second Life® simulation overlays virtual art with a socio-political dichotomy and asks the visitor to choose.
alt_Utopia represents the imaginary & ideal.
alt_Dystopia is anti-utopian and deals repressive social control, a lack of individual freedom, and a state of constant warfare or violence (sound familiar?).
These latter themes overlap and contrast with the open, transparent, blue-hued virtual 3D Utopia that is full of possibilities.
De La Soul
George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic
Marian Wright Edelman
Maysles Films Inc.
Robert Farris Thompson
the ancient Dogon and Ndebele peoples
Music: 'alto gatha shakuhachi' composed and performed by Alan Sondheim with Mab MacMoragh
Special Thanks to Andrew Sempere and IBM Exhibition Space