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GENESIS playfully dissects and subverts the appearance of societal rebirth. What first took shape as a physical installation has since transformed into a virtual universe; reflecting Dunne’s flair for innovation within the confines of pandemic-induced restrictions. Conceived and shot in the artist’s workspace, GENESIS proves a stunning exemplar of creation in self-isolation: Dunne has filmed, directed, edited, produced, styled, performed, and crafted the entirety of this digital work, which itself leads spectators on a fantastical tour of the future. Staged in a series of enthralling environments - all of which decorated (and redecorated) versions of Dunne’s studio - GENESIS reinvents the concept of interactive narratives, pushing this device beyond its typical parameters. The introduction of each character coincides with a freshly-unveiled setting, wherein human exchange and experience are laced with absurd and quasi-apocalyptic visions. Sculpture, sound, performance, and technology intersect to striking effect, fostering scenes that foretell the demise of one world and the promising dawn of another. Amidst this visual chaos, the viewer shifts from passive observer to active participant; offered an assortment of choices on how to respond to what they see and influence what will happen next. The resulting sequence of events is thus determined by the viewer’s decisions: new scenes and narrative progressions ensue or cease according to the options they choose, propelling GENESIS in unexpected directions and spawning a unique experience for each partaker.

Aoife Dunne, Genesis
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