Arts Derbyshire


Exhibition Highlight: It was a Roadside Picnic/Beyond Black Orientalism

Image by Helen Starr

The World as a futuristic re-imagination, existing in Time and Zones that Spring from and Move in Breath.

It was a Roadside Picnic is a VR and browser-based futuristic world existing in Time and Zones where horizons shift and universes overlay each other. A hauntingly beautiful vision of the future, with golden sands that sing, a sky with two suns and rocks of turmeric, a new shoal washes over—it is our place, a future inhabited by people—breathing.⁠ ⁠

Artists born in countries such as Somalia, South Korea, India, and Wales imbue the virtual world with memories of the pre-humanist rituals, in a collective endeavour that maps the way towards a fluid post-humanism—Beyond Black Orientalism.⁠ ⁠

This desert world is from the imaginary of Salma Noor (SO) joined by Megan Broadmeadow (WLS/UK), Brandon Covington Sam-Sumana (USA), Nicholas Delap (ENG/UK), Ben Hall (ENG/SCO), Aliyah Hussain (UK) Nayu Kim (KOR), curated by Kinnari Saraiya (IND).⁠ ⁠

Supported by Indian breath specialist and neurologist Dr. Ash Ranpura (IND/UK) and producer Helen Starr (TT).⁠ ⁠

Curator: Kinnari Saraiya⁠

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