It’s been nearly a year since we have all joined a crash course on digitality. And it’s been over a year since Fernanda Parente and Annie Berman had a proper exchange. The two – a curator and a media artist – used to have regular conversations with one another about work, sources of inspiration and what was going on in their cities (Berlin and New York). Fernanda is wondering what Annie – who has “shot” a film on Google Street View, live-streamed her vernissages via Google Glass and created films and installations in Virtual Reality – is up to these days. In this conversation, they take the stage at Prater Digital to discuss the state of the cultural scenes in Berlin and New York and to speculate about what the present mean to the future of immersive media and digitality. And maybe, cultural institutions in the metaverse, like the Prater Digital might hold the key.
What’s cooking in your metaverse?
Annie Berman is a media artist living and working in New York City. Named one of Independent Magazine’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016, her films, videos, performances, and installations have shown internationally in galleries, festivals, universities, and conferences, including the MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Rooftop Films, Galerie Patrick Ebensperger Berlin, Kassel Hauptbahnhof, Spring / Break Art Show, Flux Factory, Babycastles Gallery, and the Rome Independent Film Festival where she was awarded the Best Experimental Film Prize. Her work has received support from the Puffin Foundation, Wave Farm, the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts, the Center for Independent Documentary, Signal Culture, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and UnionDocs. She holds an MFA in Integrated Media Art from Hunter College.
Fernanda Parente is a curator, concept developer, entrepreneur and lecturer in the fields of art, culture & technology. She is interested in the power of immersive content (VR, MR, XR) and in innovative ways to engage with audiences. Fernanda has previously curated for the film and technology festival Digital Biscuit, re:publica Berlin and Dublin, Future Affairs, among others. In addition, Fernanda has moderated and presented at the News Impact Summit, Retune Festival and VRNOW Con. She currently sits in the programme committees for #rp20 and Performing Arts Festival Berlin.