Explore interactive and immersive experiences from around the world in curated highlights from Sheffield Doc/Fest‘s Alternate Realities exhibition.
The selected works presented at HOME explores a wide variety of themes and experience; from personal and profound stories of LGBTQI+ experience, sexuality and disability, and gender expression; with others offering unsettling reflections on our “post truth” society.
Works presented include:
Tamara Shogaolu’s virtual reality installation Another Dream (Egypt, Netherlands, Norway); the gripping story of an Egyptian lesbian couple who, facing a post-revolution backlash against their community, must choose between love and home.
Rob Eagle’s augmented reality installation Through The Wardrobe (UK) invites the audience to explore the belongings of others and play with gender expression.
Maria Belen Poncio’s 360° Video 4 Feet Blind Date (Argentina) follows 18-year-old wheelchair user Juana. Anxious to explore her sexuality, she overcomes her fears, doubts, and an inaccessible city to meet ‘Felipe’ for a blind date. Together they discover how their bodies feel.
IP Yuk-Yiu’s game To Call A Horse a Deer (Hong Kong) uses language, hand-eye coordination and a certain complicity from the player to reflect on today’s political practice, where truth-bending has become a tool.
Bill Posters and Dr Daniel Howe’s Big Dada (UK, Hong Kong) is a series of ‘deep fake’ moving image works that were inserted into social media channels as a digital intervention in June 2019. Big Dada is part of Spectre, a Sheffield Doc/Fest commission, supported by Arts Council England, Site Gallery & British Council.