USA / Duration 8m 18s / 2012
Anti-Apocalypse explores how the embodiment of memory in networked media influences how we re-/co-/create our worlds and our selves. The project creates an immersive digital cinema in which the mind-body of the spectator bares the task of enacting “worlds” as mediated by an EEG brain-computer interface, custom software, and a digital video database composed entirely of appropriated web content re/assembled as animated loops and remixed in real-time by their fluctuating brainwave rhythms. As participants watch the interactive video unfold in synchronization with their level of in-/attention, they are invited to reflect on the current global crisis and psychic disequilibrium; the seductive narratives rooted in moral absolutism and collective annihilation; and the underlying forces embodied within the processes through which we co-author our “realities”.
Emily Martinez is an artist working with digital and networked media. Her recent practice and research interests examine: the relationship between media, memory, and catastrophe; temporality and the digital archive; and non-representational forms of subjectivity as they arise from with/in the multiplicity of narratives inherent to global networked societies. She received her M.F.A. in Digital Arts and New Media from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2012. Born in Havana she currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, USA.