Szikago Pakrel

We are an international interdisciplinary arts-based research group that has been working together on the deterritorialized fabulative media collaboration: Szikago Pakrel: FUTURE ARCHEOLOGY. Our production methodology leans toward the logic of an “exquisite corpse”, invented by the surrealists of the 1920s, in which each participant draws the part of a body, only leaving a hint for the next one to add another part of the body. In our adaptation, we created brief audiovisual artifacts starting from our own praxis in reaction to specific provocations such as natural currents, affective shapes, or ways of becoming. Each of us, in every round, only revealed the last frame of the 2-minute short video, to which each artist, in the next turn, attended. In this way, the collaborative work became a rhizomatic structure exploring questions of the relationship between human and nature and current ethical and ecological challenges within this context.

The stitched together body of Szi-ka-go Pa-kr-el (a hybrid half machinic creature, or a computational thought?) has emerged as a polyvocal future archeologist from a rhizomatic and fabulative media collaboration. A blended body of audiovisual artifacts–found footage from the past–has been left behind to be digged up, discovered, and attended to. What went wrong with humanity? What’s left? Shapes, hopes, and memories–detached, deterritorrialized, beyond time and place. The artifacts have been situated in an imagined future and presented in a web-based immersive space.

Exquisite Corpse films: