Inspiring the would-be future Hito Steyerl’s “Factory of the Sun” reveals in the now and contemplates a future where humans are used to prop up the environment and create sunlight in a virtual reality that blurs the lines between virtual and reality. Let’s take a look at some interesting facts you might not know about the show.
1. The film’s entirety is 20 mins and is meant to be viewed in one of the provided chairs for ideal viewing.
2. The narration of the film is voiced by Hito’s assistant Yulia. Part of the story line is based on an actual life story of Yulia and her family as they left Russia.
3. Yulia’s brother has had internet fame for his dance video which is integrated into the story line. Yulia’s brothers dance videos have gone viral and have inspired anime dance sequences in Southeast Asia.
4. Factory of the Sun was first shown at the German Pavilion at Venice Biennale.
5. The idea is to explore what possibilities are available from collective surveillance in an increasing virtual world.
6.Part gaming, dance, internet, and droids it takes the now and pushes the envelope into what could be.
7. The video interchanges between genres; news reportage, documentary, video games and internet dance. The messiness of the video is meant to register to the ambiguity of contemporary life.
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