HERVISIONS is a femme focused curatorial agency facilitating online and offline experiences and collaborations with partners to research and produce innovative commissions, exhibitions and events with a strong focus on the intersection of art, technology and culture. HERVISIONS proudly curated the first ever augmented reality face filter exhibition to be held in an arts institute in Europe during the Lives of Net Art programme at Tate Modern, April 2019.
Previous collaborations, exhibitions, partners and organizations include:
Tate Modern, arebyte gallery, LUX, bitforms gallery, Instagram, i-D x Chanel, Adidas, Saatchi Gallery, Snapchat, Spectacles, DAZED, Boiler Room, LN-CC, BFI, Creative Coding Utrecht, Gossamer Fog, The London College of Fashion, isthisit?, 4:3, Meta, Mira Festival, and Google Arts and Culture.
Underground Resistance - Living memories by Josèfa Ntjam is the second commission of Open Space – an Augmented Reality (AR) initiative co-curated with Zaiba Jabbar (HERVISIONS) developed for Soho Photography Quarter, a new public art space in the immediate surroundings of The Photographers’ Gallery.
This new work by Josèfa Ntjam intertwines mythical water narratives, historic resistance groups, and influential black digital artists and cultures. A series of large photomontages installed at street level leads to a rich and lively digital world containing a diverse range of aquatic creatures and mythological symbols.
The title takes the name of the black militant techno music collective Underground Resistance, connecting their creative processes of sampling and remixing to Ntjam’s approach to digital collage and photomontage.
Josèfa Ntjam’s work draws from fertile research on historic events, scientific methodologies, and popular digital cultures. These various research strands are brought together to propose alternative technological futures, to bring a focus on black struggles and to speculate with new potential worlds inspired by African mythologies.
A specially designed phone app gives access to an interactive digital space, where references to iconic black musicians including Sun Ra, Drexciya and Underground Resistance meet with archival photographs from the Black Panther Party, representations of Mami Wata –the mythological African water spirit– and Pokémon –the game and anime franchise. In Ntjam’s digital world, fluid and aquatic creatures such as jellyfish invade the streets around The Photographers’ Gallery, suggesting forms of resistance to the flooded times to come.
QR code to download the augmented reality app
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The augmented reality artworks will appear on the streets surrounding The Photographers' Gallery
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