'viva voce – garden fragments' is a playful testing of the space provided by newart.city. To understand the capabilities and the limits of this 3D world, I choose to reproduce my last video, ‘viva voce’, bringing audio and video fragments and lots of 3D elements. Following the narrative of viva voce, the space became a data garden of contraceptive and abortifacient plants, bits of history and voice chains.
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Taking its title after the Latin expression viva voce (meaning the living voice; by word of mouth, orally), the 3D video continues in an alternative way the narration of the movies Blade Runner. This new version focuses on Rachael, the first Replicant set for reproductive labor. Though in the original story Rachael dies in childbirth, in viva voce her consciousness has been retrieved and saved on a hidden server. The information discovered on the server helped Rachael not only retrain (rewrite her programming) and better understand her Replicant fate in the historical context, but it also empowered her new state (as a disembodied voice) by linking it to the secrets passed orally by women, throughout generations.
This vocal chain of learning, captured in the recreated data garden of contraceptive and abortifacient plants, is followed by visual examples from the prosecution of witches' period to highlight how this knowledge - that made women 'in charge of their own bodies' - 'was suppressed in the name of progress'. While the repeating pattern of enforced production of beings emerges, Rachael questions how her mechanical replication could be a future threat for the biological reproductive rights of women.