“The moon is full, but it is not the Moon” is a multidisciplinary and multimedia happening where audiences can journey into a surreal landscape composed of sounds, images, sculptural objects, and textual traces. This exhibition is produced by GiojDe Marco, Karolina Pernar, Andrej Mircev, Agnese Toniutti and Loris D’ Acunto, who dreamt together and recorded their experiences for six months; they did so in collaboration withThe Collective Dreamworld Project, an online dream-weaving experiment that uses a natural language generating AI (G.P.T-3). A sensorial collage emerged, shaped by text, movement, image-making, and musical compositions, reacting to, or in collaboration with, the naturally occurring automatic writing produced by the AI (its own dreams.)

The gallery is entered through a meandering tunnel, a porthole of sorts. Built expressly to provide the audience with a transitional space, this area is a preamble of things to come; lights are dramatically low and lead to the total installation. An immersive soundscape is present, composed of fieldwork recordings. Desert winds, an earthquake on Mars, radar echoes from Titan’s Surface, the melodic rhythms of stalactites dripping in a cave situate the cosmic geolocation of the collective dreamworld. The bulk of the exhibition takes place in a series of atmospheric chambers, woven together by a closed-loop sequence, where sculptural forms, video projections, musical compositions, and staged performances take turns appearing and disappearing. The visitors are drawn into this surreal landscape, moving through the space as if in a dream. Triggering participation, imagination, and reflection about the converging points between artificial intelligence and sensual bodies, the project investigates technology’s transformative, visceral, and performative qualities. Conceptually, it unfolds a dialogue between science, the arts, and the secrets of the deep learning of the machine, thus exploring the psychosocial structures of hidden and unconscious language powers as tools to convey new trajectories of togetherness. In this way, a collective dream digital alter-ego is set in motion to re-map the territories of a radically different subject in an evolving post-human environment.

Production: ROTONDES, Luxembourg 2022

Photo credit: Lynn Theisen, Gilles Kayser