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THE SWAMP

GLOBALLY VARIABLE SYNESTHESIA



David Atlas ⌯ Iain Ball ⌯ Lara Joy Evans ⌯ Samuel Capps ⌯ Holly Childs ⌯ Lea Collet and Marios Stamatis ⌯ Porpentine Charity Heartscape ⌯ Marija Bozinovska Jones with MBJ Wetware ⌯ Will Kendrick ⌯ Rachel McRae ⌯ Benoit Ménard⌯ Sarah Montet ⌯ Anni Nöps ⌯ Eva Papamargariti ⌯ Jakob Kudsk Steensen ⌯ Viktor Timofeev ⌯ Kyle Zeto Thorne


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Swamp Protocol is an atmospheric "procession of the damned... a procession of data that science has excluded..."

The film combines scenes shot on location with various artists with other commissioned footage, CGI and neural processing. The result is an ambient and hallucinatory narrative that spreads like a thick fog of dank swamp gas. Multiple logics, systems, and realities are entangled within Swamp Protocol, illustrating the warped mixed-reality paradigm we live in: a pervasive, horizonless swampscape that seems at once ecstatic, dismal and absurd.

Murky and disorienting landscapes, cursed ASMR, fungal figures, dank rituals, experimental intimacies, virtual conspiracies and weird choreographies are at the heart of Swamp Protocol, offering us new ways to think about how we might navigate the post-digital swampscape we live in. Might these, emergent rituals, tacit procedures and new ways of thinking be the formation of a 'dank enlightenment'?

Swamp Protocol's dark atmosphere is intensified by the haunting soundtrack by producer and genre-fluid DJ Anni Nöps. 

Read complete Swamp Protocol Publication here


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Swamp Protocol (roux-ga-roux bass mix) Install view (detail: Samuel Capps) Install view Install view (detail: Marija Bozinovska Jones with MBJ Wetware) Install view (detail: Marija Bozinovska Jones with MBJ Wetware) Install view (detail: Marija Bozinovska Jones with MBJ Wetware) Install view (detail: Samuel Capps, Marija Bozinovska Jones with MBJ Wetware) Swamp Protocol (roux-ga-roux bass mix) (detail: Marios Stamatis and Lea Collet) Install view (detail: Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Kyle Zeto Thorne) Swamp Protocol (roux-ga-roux bass mix) (detail: Rachel McRae) Swamp Protocol (roux-ga-roux bass mix) (detail: Rachel McRae) Install view (detail: Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Marios Stamatis and Lea Collet) Swamp Protocol (roux-ga-roux bass mix) (detail: Holly Childs, Marios Stamatis and Lea Collet) Swamp Protocol (roux-ga-roux bass mix) (detail: Marios Stamatis and Lea Collet) Install view (detail: Iain Ball, Holly Childs) Swamp Protocol (detail: Marios Stamatis and Lea Collet, Jakob Kudsk Steensen)


Photos by Christopher Macinnes


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Editing - VFX - neural processing : core.pan
Camera operator : Ollie Furlong
Music : Anni Nöps
Additional sound design : core.pan
3D Henry Kissinger and compositing : Hannah Rose Stewart
Performers: Sarah Borga - Harry Bix - Natalia Janula - Max Berendt - Aimée Neat - Rumi Josephs
Graff : Alexis Milne

Directed / Curated by Most Dismal Swamp