‘nerd_funk’ is a digital identity existing on Instagram, following the contemporary digital culture. In this Chapter based VR Installation, Users will explore the new reality that emerged out of social media.
In the current climate of the Internet we have reached an irreversible state in our social life and inherently the way we think and comprehend our reality. It’s a situation we have all dived into, floating and yet struggling to find ourselves in it. To investigate this phenomenon and allow others to investigate it with us, we decided to create a virtual identity called nerd_funk, a collective formed by its artists (Ali and Mamali) which exists on Instagram and follows a portion of contemporary digital culture.
Through the lens of this profile, the user will set out on a journey that represents an archive of collected moments and stories shared by others, bringing the user into an interactive journey composed and directed on the basis of nerd_funk‘s Instagram stories feed.
The experience will be a confrontation of the user with different sets of curated social media content, which transforms participants between the chaos of information and order . By providing an alternate hyper-reality, we attempt to compare and thus better perceive our current state of existence in social media. A dynamic that attempts to represent a kaleidoscopic portrait of the present that can provide an alternative perspective on the reality of ourselves and our societies.
By Ali Eslami and Mamali Shafahi
Music and Sound – Shahin Entezami
Technical Assistant – Arnaud Schmitt
3D Artist – Guillaume Roux / Fishflight Entertainment
Animation and Rigging – Fishflight Entertainment
Early Concept developement at CPH:Lab
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IDFA Festival – Amsterdam [Nov 2019]
Vancouver Biennale – Vancouver [Nov 2019]
CPH:Dox – Copenhagen [March 2020]
Ambulante Film Festival – Mexico [April 2020]