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Omsk Social Club

Omsk Social Club

area: Installation Art, Role Playing

Cryptorave 9, Athens, Omsk Social Club and MedienGruppe Bitniks Credits Mike Tsolis

Cryptorave 9, Athens, Omsk Social Club and MedienGruppe Bitniks Credits Mike Tsolis

Dead Air, Installation, Omsk Social Club 2018, Images Courtesy of Player Robyn aka Sylvia Rybak

Dead Air, Installation, Omsk Social Club 2018, Images Courtesy of Player Robyn aka Sylvia Rybak

Eastyn Agrippa at Work, Omsk Social Club, Unrealism_2020, Photography Credit: Eric Tschernow

Extended Youth, Omsk Social Club, 2019

“Unrealism” at Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Photography Credit: Eric Tschernow

S.M.I2.L.E - A trip into Synesthesia, Omsk Social Club, Volksbuehne Berlin 2019, Image Credit: Mark Hunt aka player Jack

S.M.I2.L.E - A trip into Synesthesia, Omsk Social Club, Volksbuehne Berlin 2019, Image Credit: Sylvia Rybak aka player Alex

S.M.I2.L.E - A trip into Synesthesia, Omsk Social Club, Volksbuehne Berlin 2019, Image Credit: Mark Hunt aka player Jack

Key Facts

area

Installation Art, Role Playing

residence

Berlin

recommending institution

frei_raum Q21 exhibition space

time period

November 2020 - November 2020

Omsk Social Club forks traditional methods of Live Action Role Play (Larp) through immersive installations and into Real Game Play (RGP) to induce states that could potentially be a fiction or a yet, unlived reality. Omsk works closely with networks of viewers, everything is unique and unrehearsed. The live installations they create examine virtual egos, popular experiences and political phenomena. Allowing the works to become a dematerialized hybrid of modern-day culture alongside the participant's unique personal experiences. In the past Omsk Social Club’s Real Game Play immersive environments have introduced landscapes and topics such as rave culture, survivalism, catfishing, desire&sacrifice, positive trolling, algorithmic strategies and decentralized cryptocurrency. 

They have exhibited across Europe in various institutions, galleries, theatres and off-sites such as Martin Gropius Bau,  House of Electronic Kunst Basel, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, HKW, Berlin, CCCB, Barcelona, Volksbühne, Berlin and Stems Gallery, Brussels. They have been included in 6th Athens Biennale (2018), Transmediale Festival (2019), The Influencers (2018) and Impakt Festival (2018).

Project info

We would like to propose a role-played dance piece through the lens of a fiction theory narrative. The narrative is centred around the idea of Otherkin and the notion of companion species - human beings entangled with other animals, organisms, landscapes and technologies. The work will bring up questions of new animism, translocality and why it is so important to leave behind the outdated notion of human exceptionalism.

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