Kathrin Niedermeier’s new video is a revision of her animation video „reality island is elsewhere“ (2019) that reflects the entanglement of real life and the virtual space, as well as the influence of digital technologies on the human condition.
The animation video is about the humanoid protagonist named Rose, in search of her personal reality. With the help of the avatar Tessa, Rose attempts to experience her own body throughout various spaces in a performative way to reflect her subjective reality. Personal thoughts and memories of the character Rose flow, overlapping each other, into the storyline and determine the rhythm of the animation.
The new video serves a meta-film of its original version, as the protagonist appears in a cinema-esque space, watching scenes from the original video as a three-channel installation. The gaze observes the characters in various spacial settings which are forming the narrative framework of the video. The individual scenarios are supported by a monologue in which absurd to existential questions are raised, which are intended to encourage the viewer to engage in an inner conversation. At last, the perspective switches, transforming the viewer from observer into protagonist, as the s*he gets to shortly experience the avatar’s view in a quirky dance.
As a participative extension of the project, Katrin Niedermeier has created an instagram filter to immerse into the character Tessa and explore the Arcadia from „reality island is elsewhere“. The face filter aims to evoke questions of our digital embodiment via new and emerging technologies and media.