This looks phenomenal: an immersive non-fiction visual work by artists Mariam Natroshvili and Detu Jincharadze is a 20-minute virtual tour entitled The City Was Asleep and It Had a Dream. In their creation, Natroshvili and Jincharadze provide an accurate and penetratic portrait of the urban architecture of Georgia's capital Tbilisi, combining fragments of the Soviet era embedded in the city texture with "flagships of the new neoliberal order" in the post-transformation country. The clash of two ideological systems is giving birth to a new city. Natroshvili and Jincharadze have produced several works that use video games aesthetics as raw material. In June-July 2021, they were featured in a major group exhibition titled Simulation Fields, at Tbilisi Photography and Multimedia Museum that explored cultural references within video games. In 2020, the duo also produced All this might be a dream, an online display in video game format.
Don't miss Mariam Natroshvili and Detu Jincharadze's previous work, Lost and Found—a Spell to Return a Lost One
Tbilisi-based artist duo. Working mainly in public space, in their artistic projects they bring written or spoken words to different places in cities. Since 2020, Mariam and Detu moved their practice to the digital reality and started to use a video game engine to create videos and interactive installations. Their main topics of interest are: people and cities, contemporary rituals and mythology, heterotopias, lost and forgotten stories and history, words, words, words.
LINK: Mariam Natroshvili and Detu Jincharadze (the website is down at time of writing)