Live Stream Performance
Based on the original comic book by Connor Willumsen
Co-presented by Art POP and Fondation PHI
Friday September 25th
60 minutes, followed by a Q&A with: Theo Triantafyllidis, Connor WIllumsen, Lindsey Normington and Cameron Stallones.
Moderated by Cheryl Sim PhD and Bronson Smillie
YouTube Live Stream from LA
Anti-Gone is a live stream performance by artist Theo Triantafyllidis, based on the comic book of the same name by Connor Willumsen, commissioned and produced by Onassis Culture. Anti-Gone incorporates live performance with real time simulation to explore the social impacts of technology, privilege and the beginnings and ends of worlds.
Adapting the mechanics of open world video games, Anti-Gone revises traditional narrative into a continuous simulation, taking place in a meticulously crafted 3D world, full of visual signifiers of paradise: a bright blue ocean, lush multicolored vegetation, a sunken city lit by glowing sunsets. This world is also riddled with social unrest and mutation, a post-climate change world where environmental catastrophe has become normalized. The vestiges of late-capitalist culture - consumerism, inequality, social unrest - live on, clinging like barnacles to the ruins of civilization. This work features Spyda and Lynxa on their sailboat, as they glide from shopping to movies to psychedelic drugs, and social unrest. Using a motion capture suit and a virtual reality headset as embodied interfaces, actors puppeteer their live avatars. Performing alongside them, behind the scenes, Triantafyllidis and his team of game engineers direct and shape the world in real-time. Via a live chat, the online audience will have the opportunity to directly interact with the performers by improvising dialogue and controlling characters and environmental conditions in real-time, thus changing the course of the narrative. In the midst of uncertainty, Anti-Gone is offering a soothing experience with a critical view on the privilege of escape.
Theo Triantafyllidis, 1988, Athens, Greece, is an artist who builds virtual spaces and the interfaces for the human body to inhabit them. He holds an MFA from UCLA, Design Media Arts and a Diploma of Architecture from NTUA. He has shown work in museums, including the Hammer Museum in LA and NRW Forum in Dusseldorf, DE. He was part of Hyper Pavilion in the 2017 Venice Biennale and the 2018 Athens Biennale: ANTI-. He is based in Los Angeles, US. Triantafyllidis is represented by: The Breeder, Athens and Meredith Rosen Gallery, New York. slimetech.org/anti-gone
Director: Theo Triantafyllidis
Writer: Connor Willumsen
Production Manager: Polina Miliou
Key Collaborator: Matthew Doyle
Cast: Lindsey Normington, Zana Gankhuyag, Sam Congdon
Composer and Live Music Performance: Cameron Stallones
Game Engine Performer: Theo Triantafyllidis
Motion Capture and Movement Coach: Rachel Ho
Game Engine Team
Lead Artist: Theo Triantafylldis
Lead Programmer: Stalgia Grigg
Lead 3D Character Designer: Joseph Melhuish
3D Artists: Sara Drake, Ryan Decker, Siyao Zheng
Commissioned and Produced by Onassis Culture
Motion Capture technology provided by Noitom MoCap.
Special thanks to:
Sundance New Frontier
The Breeder Gallery
Meredith Rosen Gallery
Human Resources Los Angeles
UCLA Design Media Arts