Global Mode >
an interactive, experimental online performance on ecological disaster, inertia, and manipulation of information, 2021 © the artist
commissioned by ISSUE Project Room and Harvestworks. Built in Unity for WebGL
Global Mode > is a desktop / laptop experience. If you are viewing the exhibition on a phone or tablet, please scroll down for a video documentation of the work.
Documentation of premiere, December 2020
Occupying three reimagined mythological stories—Prometheus Herding PigGooses, Narcissus and Drowning Animals, and Cassandra, Low Witness Objects—the virtual space is presented as a playground, in which to find agency in uncertainty, reconfigure relationships with "others,” and invent new actions. Amidst immense immersive flowers, falling heads, cement landscapes and dirty waters, the audience is invited to collectively affect the performance, and to explore open-ended, fluid roles crisscrossing between themselves, virtual 3D Animals, and the performers from the past.
The non-linear world of Global Mode has no ultimate “goals,” nor wins or losses. Rather, it compels an almost unconscious, immediate set of intentions and actions: a response and activity in the midst of blindness to evident horrors, predictable disasters, and baffling cruelty. Involving viewers through unscripted movements and intuitive gestures, the performance explores the instability of our actions, their unintentional outcomes, and the continuous/constant mediation these actions are subject to.
Featuring: Naicha Diaby, Mx. Oops, and Heather Mo’Witz, Original sound: Matthew D. Gantt, Interactions design & XR development: Danielle McPhatter, Second Camera: Daniela Kostova, Motion Capture: NYU Tandon School of Engineering Marcel Oliver-Rose Truxillo, Photo-scanning: Lenscloud
Eva Davidova is a Spanish/Bulgarian interdisciplinary artist with focus on new media(s) and their socio-political implications.
Davidova has exhibited at the Bronx Museum, NYC, the Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY, Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY, MACBA, Barcelona, CAAC, Sevilla, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Instituto Cervantes, Sofia and NYC, and La Regenta, Tenerife among others. She is recipient of the BANCAJA International Award for Digital Art; the M-tel Award for Contemporary Bulgarian Art, and a Residency Unlimited NEA (National Endowment for The Arts) award for US based artists.
She was a fellow of Harvestworks’ Technology Immersion Program for Artists, the IEA Experimental Media residency at Alfred University, and is currently a member of NEW INC, the New Museum incubator at the intersection of art, design and technology.