Archive footage and virtual world meet in a city. Cica Ghost’s ‘Future’ in Second Life is overlaid by a film from the FDR archive on the future of the American city. The background music and voices are remixed with a contemporary artist, the Fucked Up Beat, who themselves incorporate found sound material in their work.
This work continues previous themes of mixing material. Timothy J Welsh in ‘Mixed Realism’ claims that the virtual and the real are not opposed, but fold into each other. Mixed realism joins the fictional, to the material and the cultural. The discrepancies and gaps are important in making us aware of how the virtual mediates the real, and as film mediates the past. We do not have, and cannot have, direct experience of any one without some of the other.
There is more about this video on my blog: https://tizzycanucci.com/2017/08/17/mixed-realism/
Filmed at Future by Cica Ghost in Second Life- to visit this location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Seth%20Island/212/235/37
Music: Hunted in the Capitalist Steppes/ Zero History by The Fucked Up Beat (Creative Commons BY NC SA) on Free Music Archive http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Fucked_Up_Beat/
Archive film: The City (1939) by American Documentary Films, Inc. (public domain) on Internet Archive (Prelinger Archive and FDR Presidential Library) https://archive.org/details/gov.fdr.353.3.2