The spoken word performance employs two voices in mutual interplay to narrate a guided meditation session, guiding the viewers into visualisation of a post-work future and the global quest for eternal happiness. Experimenting with sonic, linguistic and vocal registers, the performance evokes multiple effects across the gradient of consciousness and soothes the audience into a relaxing visualisation of a mimetic and intuitive coexistence, digital transcendence and techno-telepathy. Performers: Agnes Momirski, Margje Ottevanger, Isis Cruz and Jesse Perlstein (sound). Filmed by Niek Hage. Recorded at Roodkapje Rotterdam (2018).
A 22 minute looping meditation sound piece was also recorded and installed by Jesse Perlstein and Agnes Momirski.
Running time: 14 min
The Vala film experiments with the linguistic and vocal registers of female voices that are used in interfaces and AI development. Vala is an AI who takes us on a hypnotic mindfulness journey, during which her instructional voice begins intertwining with her sensual voice. The name Vala comes from Nordic mythology, where she is the female shaman, and from Blake's mythological poetry, where she's the representation of nature.
Focusing on the archetypal female roles and their representations in fashion and technology, the film juxtaposes the androgynous female voice of AIs and the inherently emotional/sensual characteristic of a female voice. Vala shows a path towards a future where the new human consciousness rises from a marriage of contradictions, and is characterised by the movement towards the self rather then the ego, the new harmony between the virtual and physical, digital and analogue, reason and intuition, man and nature.
Project is supported by Mondriaan fonds, The Netherlands, and Ministry of Culture, Slovenia.
Credits and collaborators: Cast: Yuliya Molina, Brina Vidic, Ana Marija Garafol, Giovanna Rados Crew: Sanjin Švajger, Rajko Bizjak, Bor Kiswarday Fashion design: Janja Videc Singers: Aileen Painter, Brina Vidic, Giovanna Rados Voice: Harmony Pilobello Music and sound design: Jesse Perlstein
Vala has had many iterations and installations. A few are included below…