Player of Cosmic ༄ ° Realms is an interactive exhibition currently exhibiting at Aspex, Portsmouth, consistent with two immersive works: a wearable, haptic womb entitled In Bet(a) Bodies and an interactive CGI film series, The Life Game.
The Life Game: Made by Keiken in collaboration with obso1337 and wavesovspace. Bet(a) Bodies: Made in collaboration with Studio Above & Below and Lucy Page, Player of Cosmic ༄ ° Realms, The Life Game: HD CGI video (colour, sound), website, iPad, 3D assets, wood, led lights, salt, cushions. Bet(a) Bodies: Silicone, haptics, audio, led lights, salt, foam, wood. Aspex Portsmouth commission
Player of Cosmic ༄ ° Realms seeks to re-frame the dialogue around gaming and the metaverse, proposing a more integrated, holistic approach to VR where empathetic technologies take precedence. In Bet(a) Bodies, Keiken invites viewers to wear their haptic womb-artefacts, which emit a fleshy, alien blue light, and listen to the calls of bats, dolphins and whales through headphones. Alongside Bet(a) Bodies is the CGI film series The Life Game, which the viewer can interact with via an iPad. Keiken transported tonnes of salt to the gallery for Player of Cosmic ༄ ° Realms, sculpting an otherworldly desert landscape studded with duvets and LED lights.
Beginnings and endings are central themes in Keiken’s work, and The Life Game and Bet(a) Bodies play with how our approach to technology and the metaverse might change if we saw it as synthesising something new within us, instead of mere external tools. The act of wearing a womb prompts us to reflect on what we want to invite into ourselves and our bodies, and whether there is room for the more-than-human (and more than profit) in that.