In a poetic sci-fi multimedia adventure, a trans woman pilot works through the trauma of a psychosis-inducing breakup with her biomechanical war machine.
Cover Image: Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Neotenomie, and Sloane, PSYCHO NYMPH EXILE, 2016 (detail). Mixed-medium project, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artists
In PSYCHO NYMPH EXILE by artists Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Neotenomie, and Sloane, PTSD is a color-coded energy source that props up the universe; people vacation in dying parallel dimensions; and state IDs are tarot decks emanating from their psyches. The user pieces this world together with fragments that are distributed across various mediums, including an online hypertext work, a booklet, and stickers.
The project depicts the experience of PTSD as a visceral physical substance, not an invisible, abstract force. According to Heartscape, whose previous work has often used hypertext to reimagine social reality, the work proposes a “trauma revolution to follow the sexual revolution,” in which a massive repressed energy field might be unleashed.
PSYCHO NYMPH EXILE was commissioned by Rhizome and is copresented by Rhizome and the New Museum as part of the series First Look: New Art Online.