Treffpunkt : der Vulkan (Azahar, Admiral and Lazy_fairy)

This moving image proposes a collective method to converse between three fictional characters Admiral (Sedawi), Azahar (AlKayal) and Lazy_Fairy (Luong) in a real yet fictional meeting point, where the three have encountered each other: the volcano. The work references the sculpture "Tanz aus dem Vulkan” (1988), Ludmila Seefried-Matějková Nettelbeckplatz, Berlin – a focal point of the yearly demonstration of the International Women’s Day (March 8th), and critically interrogate the colonial past, imprinted on modern days. Borrowing some fairy storytelling techniques and folktales from Arabic and Vietnamese mythologies, history-making and investigating family archives, the characters investigate and share intimately their personal experience of the real “fairy tale” in ‘welcome culture’ from 2016 in Germany, discuss strategies to survive against institutional powers, and propose an intersectional feminist lens to create fairytales which serve emancipation and transformation, with the pondering of how to continue to build a sustainable and supporting system for POC women in exile.

From time to time, Admiral, Azahar and Lazy_Fairy offer visitors the chance to step into their reality with VR glasses to embody the fourth character and immerse themselves in their mixed-reality stories.

With supports from:
Esra Sakalli – photogrammetry; Mahmoud Ismail, Roland Sookias/EDDy Lab ULiège – 3D scans; Edoardo Micheli – sound design, Cẩm-Anh Lương – Video, VR, and concept

With thanks to: Nadira Husain, Noureddin Yassin
Inspired by the collective work The Super Empowered, *foundationClass, nGbK, Berlin, 2020

Cẩm-Anh Lương, Mayada Al Kayal, Batoul Sedawi
Courtesy the artists

Video installation with VR activations, 10:00mins