Name/Artist Nick: Dario Di Paolantonio Personal URL (optional): Country: Italy Work title/duration: VIRTUAL SQUAT - 8'52" Year/country when/where it was made: Netherland, 2019 Short description (1 sentence): A true story of collectivizing with virtual entities in order to navigate (and squat a building) in the intertwined worlds. Explication (no more than 600 words): What is Reality? It doesn't seem the best question to put on the table if you're looking for a house to live in. But peeking into the metaphysical field can even be a good strategy to find useful toolboxes for survival, and to discover how different worlds interact with each other: not being an ordered stack, but rather an intertwined mishmash. Down there, entities often oblivious to the common sense live a happy life in the interworlds, between rifts and wrinkles. Amongst specters, archetypes, angels and psychonauts, a bunch of virtual beings were chilling in their virtual world before being called by a group of youngsters crazy enough to invoke their help. The infrastructures of law, bureaucracy and material city landscapes shape a jungle through which every one of us have to navigate. But we don't need to stick to a singular layer in order to go on: indeed, every action – or reaction – relates to a patchwork of different planes working and conflicting with each other. A picture on Twitter is not entirely disconnected from an European law. An empty space surrounded by stark walls of bricks is related to communities' desires and abstract contracts. Knowing that, a group of artists and activists tried to occupy a large building, but since they couldn't find the way to enter physically in the space, they switched the direction of their efforts towards another, less obvious, domain of forces. "Virtual squat" is the true, perhaps even educational, story of this attempt. CV (optional): Links to your works or any promo that you would like to share (optional): How you know about the festival: D

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