Arts and Culture

Unravelling the illusive coattails of commercial fantasies with MUD

Posted on: Wed 27 Jul 2022

Art collective MUD is back with A Home in the Hyperreal – its latest offering, in conjunction with Umbrella Festival.

Hyperreality – a term coined by French cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard in the 80s – conjures Blade Runner-esque cityscapes. But, the (hyper)reality is far more everyday.

If you are reading this on a device that can connect to the internet, you are wandering through the hyperreal – a place oversaturated in symbols, exceeding ‘reality’ by blurring the edges between the real and the simulated, and lending itself to consumer fantasies and ideals.

Sound artist, and one of four curators featured in A Home in the Hyperreal, Constantine (Kosta) Stefanou speaks with Arts Breakfast ahead of the multidisciplinary performance and installation on Thursday, July 28 at Ancient World.

The evening also features speculative curations by visual artist Sam Woud, movement artist Lily Potger, and performance artist Thomas Moran.

In this meandering chat, Kosta confuses the algorithm with talk of the slipperiness of algorithms, sewerage, performance, and locating oneself in fragmented and commercialised virtual spaces. He even throws in a fancy new term (perhaps making its hyperreal debut for the first time).

Part I
Part II

Produced by Anisha Pillarisetty

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