Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, excerpt from Holorama 5 (LoieFullerforever), 2022. Video, 14:30. Courtesy the artist; Albarrán Bourdais, Madrid.

In a galactic cabaret on the outskirts of the galaxy, extraterrestrials sing and dance flamenco, powered by a soundtrack by Exotourisme. Holorama 5 (LoieFullerforever) employs diverse media and the notion of performativity to create an alien apparition. Part of Gonzalez-Foerster’s ongoing series of “Apparitions”—fictional and non-fictional characters conjured by the artist after extensive research and study—Holorama 5 (LoieFullerforever) explores the idea of alien life as it intersects with artistic creation. Originally conceived as live, singular occurrences, Gonzalez-Foerster’s Apparitions of characters, such as novelist and poet Emily Brontë (1818–1848), director Werner Herzog’s daydreaming protagonist Fitzcarraldo, and opera singer Maria Callas (1923–1977), focus on moments of intense artistic creation. Later developed into durational holographic illusions, the Apparitions have appeared in projects including Marienbad électrique at Palais Garnier, Paris (2019), and The Infinite Mix at 180 The Strand, organized by Hayward Gallery, London (2016). The work features music by Julien Perez/Exotourisme.

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