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Oct 20, 2023 — Feb 25, 2024

Location: Schlosser Media Wall

Eva Davidova’s participatory installation playfully incorporates both ancient myth and contemporary reality, highlighting the theme of interdependent responsibility in the wake of ecological disaster. The multichapter work spawns reimagined narratives, including “Prometheus Herding PigGooses,” “Narcissus and Drowning Animals,” “Cassandra > Low Witness Objects,” and “Birds Births,” performed by Naicha Diaby, MX Oops, and Heather Mo’Witz. Each section embraces the rich and sometimes tumultuous interplay of politics, history, and climate change, encouraging reflection on our interconnected responsibilities in an era marked by urgent biological and environmental challenges.  

Visitors are connected to animal avatars through the movement of their own bodies, creating a direct effect on the unfolding stories across the Media Wall. Moving away from the binary of winning or losing, the artwork allows for a more nuanced contemplation on the relationship between self and community. 

Featuring: Naicha Diaby, MX Oops, and Heather Mo’Witz. Original sound: Matthew D. Gantt. Interactions design & XR development: Danielle McPhatter. Second camera: Daniela Kostova. Motion capture: NYU Tandon School of Engineering Marcel Oliver-Rose Truxillo. Photo scanning: NYCAP3D.    

About the artist: 

Eva Davidova (b. 1969, Bulgaria) is an interdisciplinary artist with a primary focus on digital media. Through her work, she explores the political implications of technology, incorporating performative elements rooted in the absurd to question the things we take for granted. Often “misusing” technology deliberately, Davidova seeks to disrupt its easy acceptance and the prevalent emotional manipulation enacted through both physical and informational architecture. Having exhibited globally, her resume includes appearances at the Bronx Museum, the UVP at Everson Museum, the AKG Buffalo Art Museum, MACBA Barcelona, CAAC Sevilla, Instituto Cervantes, and La Regenta. 

About Onassis ONX Studio:  

Onassis ONX Studio, created by Onassis Culture, is an accelerator—a hybrid production and exhibition space, with a global community of members who create interactive and immersive XR and AI works. Located in the Olympic Tower in Midtown Manhattan, it was founded in 2020 in partnership between the Onassis Foundation and NEW INC. ONX Studio now exists as a project of Onassis Culture, working in partnership with organizations in New York, including New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, Games for Change, NEW INC, Rhizome, and MAX, as well as with global institutions such as IDFA, CPH:DOX, DiMoDA, and others. Offering development funding, state-of-the-art facilities, advocacy, and community for XR / AI artists working across disciplines, ONX Studio has become an influential hub for a dynamic international artistic ecosystem.