Symbiosis, or how to make kin in the chthulucene

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The virtual reality installation Symbiosis (Polymorf 2020) is a performative,
multisensory, multiuser, multispecies, and interpassive storytelling experience inspired by Donna Haraway’s book Staying with the Trouble (2016). It
offers a speculative world set somewhere 200 years in the future, after a
human-caused climate disaster has changed the Earth beyond recognition.
The world’s population consists of so-called “children of compost” or
“symbionts.” The installation allows six participants to simultaneously
embody one of six symbiotic life forms. Each experience comes with a
uniquely designed soft robotic wearable enabling participants not only to
see, hear, and feel but also to smell and taste their symbiotic experiences.
In this way, Symbiosis becomes a passionate imagining of how to make
kin in the Chthulucene.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEcogames
Subtitle of host publicationPlayful Perspectives on the Climate Crisis
EditorsOp de Beke Laura, Joost Raessens, Stefan Werning, Gerald Farca
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)978-94-6372-119-6
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Publication series

NameGreen Media


  • virtual reality
  • Anthropocene
  • Capitalocene
  • Symbiocene
  • climate disaster
  • refraction


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