Fri 23 Jun 2023 to Sun 26 Nov 2023
Artist: Gabriel Massan
Third World: The Bottom Dimension is a journey into a fantastical and thought-provoking world, built by a vital generation of Brazilian artists. It is part of an ongoing and multi-dimensional project of the same name by Gabriel Massan and collaborators, which includes web3 tokens built on Tezos and a video game that explores Black Brazilian experience as it intersects with the impacts of colonialism.
“I want to create the experience of walking through possibilities and memories of life and narrative… A work that people can walk inside.”
– Gabriel Massan
Designed as a responsive ecosystem, this interdisciplinary exhibition extends the ideas behind the video game, offering all visitors an opportunity to play it and step inside the world of its concepts, emotions and mechanics, while seated in Massan’s sculptural playstations. The exhibition is also a space to encounter the broader practices of a network of artists and thinkers – including Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro, Novíssimo Edgar, LYZZA and more – with contributed works combining installation, textile, sound and poetry. These expand our capacity to imagine otherwise, embracing ancestral knowledge, ecological awareness, and an openness to transmutation and reverberation.
Inviting visitors to navigate through the lenses of decoloniality, queerness and decentralisation – technological, social, economic, and ideological – Third World is an experience that challenges us to rethink the ways in which we understand and orient ourselves in the world. As Massan says, “I want to create the experience of walking through possibilities and memories of life and narrative.”
Taking cue from work developed for the game, Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro exercises a space of freedom with a text work and earth installation that extends across the gallery. Novíssimo Edgar explores the construction of social fabric through character play and textile work that reflects their in-game level design, while LYZZA’s sound commission takes its cue from real-time gameplay, using the game’s soundtrack and foley to create a shifting and dynamic sound score that calls us to consider symbiosis and adaptive behaviour.
The project Third World: The Bottom Dimension emerges from Massan’s interest in technological, social and economic decentralisation, and includes participatory digital tokens built on the Tezos blockchain. Players can record ‘memories’ of their own actions as they play the game, and by minting this record (or snapshot) on the blockchain, build a public archive of multiple perspectives and actions. In addition, a collection of limited editions will bring together Massan, their collaborators and a wider community of web3 artists.