Virtual Reality Stills produced by AVR London
“Where does theatre stop and reality begin?”
Throughout his career, Scarso has interrogated the boundaries between performance and life through a theatrical form of magical realism, with his most recent projects dramatising the mundane realities of contemporary bureaucracy and reimagining them as fantastical experiences that both enchant and encourage a critique of the every-day.
A provocative and interactive experience exploring the politics of space, The Pecking Order reflects the prevalence of surveillance technologies both on- and offline as bird-like characters hover over attendees, watching proceedings, bringing a vibrant surreality to the often hidden nature of surveillance infrastructures.
In 2018, Scarso previously worked in collaboration with AVR London and Anise Gallery to produce a VR experience alongside In Limbo‘s purgatorial waiting room and this year we have been working with him again to provide a VR experience for The Pecking Order that sees visitors take on the perspective of the avian watcher as opposed to a human watched.
Extending the experience outside of the physical space of the gallery, and using technology to critique technology, The Pecking Order‘s VR component provides a more immanent experience, exacerbating tensions between the natural and the digital.
Part of Tate Exchange, The Pecking Order runs from 10-15 December 2019 on the fifth floor of Tate Modern’s Blavatnik Building, produced by Jacek Ludwig Scarso and The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.