BLUEBOT: Awakening

BLUEBOT: Awakening
Giulia Essyad

A work of BIM'21

The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève is pleased to present on the 5th floor the work produced by Giulia Essyad for the Biennial of the Moving Image 2021. It can also be discovered at Cinema Dynamo, until February 20, 2022.

Giulia Essyad
BLUEBOT: Awakening, 2021
HD video, color, sound, 26 min 59.

Set in a matriarchal future, where humans are assisted by earth-powered, emotionally intelligent robots, BLUEBOT: Awakening is a new chapter in the BLUEBOT saga, in which the story of memory loss, extinction, and trauma is broken up into many parts, like a dismembered doll Bot. The use of DIY compositing, heavy editing, and disparate video techniques — including stop-motion and 3D renderings — contributes to an intentional aesthetic of unevenness. Different qualities, mistakes, lo-fi approaches, along with the revealed layers of composited photographs, act as what Essyad calls a compost of images.

Giulia Essyad (b. 1992, Lausanne, CH) is an artist, poet, and performer. She experiments with sculpture, photography, video, writing, and her own body. Her work explores the representation of bodies — virtual and IRL — and engages with the varied forms of alienation that accompany the consumption and production of body images. In 2018, she initiated the Blue Period cycle of works, in which the color blue becomes a focal point and signifier for otherness and artificiality. Her recent solo show A Selene Blues at Fri Art Kunsthalle in Fribourg (2020–21) marked Giulia’s institutional debut.

Courtesy of the artist, the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève and Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique Contemporain for BIM’21.