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Concept, script and art direction:
Marcel van Brakel
Direction, engineering and sound design:
Rob van Hoesel
Film Fund NL
Creative Industries Fund NL
Amsterdam Fund for the Arts
Somewhere 200 years in the future, on the ruins of the inhospitable anthropocene, after climate change has changed the world beyond recognition. The post-human biotope is teaming with artificial or enhanced biochemical life, sharing resources, habitats, bodies and information in an inclusive way: symbiosis.
Symbiosis is a performative, multi-user and multi-sensory VR installation which redesigns the human body, allowing participants to embody the inhabitants of this post-human reality. This publication takes a deeper dive into these post-human body architectures and their social context, and includes the full scripts for the experience as well as an in-depth look at its creation.
Based on Donna Haraway’s “speculative fabulations”, Dutch experience design collective Polymorf offers a speculative future, investigating the effects of a more symbiotic exchange of genetic, cultural and technological traits between people and other living entities. Symbiosis questions the humanistic, anthropocentric and liberal beliefs that are the fulcrum of modern-day society.
Polymorf is a design collective based in Brabant, the Netherlands, creating multi-sensory experiences in the liminal space between art, theatre, design and science. Their innovative experiences are made for and with the human body, and center on the changing relationships between the body and technology and between society and technology. Speculations on possible futures form the basis for provocative experiences, concrete design solutions or new technologies. Their works have been programmed worldwide. Symbiosis recently won the Special Jury Award for Creative Technology at the IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction in Amsterdam.