1 Apr - 31 Aug

Week 3 - Keiken have been busy this week building the Metaport, and they’ve sent another update on their progress:


We have been researching a lot into Adrienne Maree Brown Emergent Strategy looking at how your micro-actions have macro-impact and how "what you pay attention to grows". As Octavia Butler's famous quote "All that you touch you Change. All that you Change, Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change. God Is Change." 
At the moment there is so much change and there is a more outward discomfort with the way in which the system operates. We want to visually represent the architecture to be a subversion of what exists but to figure out a way to visually deconstruct this. What would this process look like? 
At the moment the capitalist structure is hierarchical, divided, there are filter bubbles and multiple platforms without doors. Then there is a potential future where we can exist more as a constellation with care and transparency as nature. As Karen Washington says in a podcast with Why Hunger "In terms of the human race we should never think about owning anything because the land, the animals, the seeds, the environment, is part of who we are. It is part of nature. The fact that for so long we have been owning land and been owning people, animals, seeds and we need to get away from that mentality.

Keiken - Week 2

This week we have really been looking into subverting the process of security in airports. We have been looking a lot into appropriating nature and how that is embedded into the Metaport. So far we have taken a lot of inspiration from ancient stones, ancient practices and insects. The capitalist architecture of the Metaport very much takes from the beauty of what it does not own, but does it understand it?


Keiken - our Virtual Artists in Residence, sent us their first update as they build a virtual space called - the Metaport. Keep up with their progress each week!

"This week we have begun creating the Metaport, with such a big structure it is hard to know where to begin. 

We have focused a lot on security. First looking at it in a more literal way. Asking questions like, what new security measures will be placed due to COVID-19? What security measures have been placed emotionally since COVID -19, in a societal way?

We have been thinking about about future bio technology and in the future how non-organic materials could grow in the same way as nature, like a plant, tree, organisms."

Visuals by Ryan Vautier.

We are extending the residency of artist collective, Keiken. 

Keiken is a collaborative cross-dimensional practice based across Cornwall, London and Berlin. The core members Hana Omori, Isabel Ramos and Tanya Cruz met at Falmouth University and started collaborating as Keiken in 2015, taking their name from the Japanese word for experience. Following on from their recent collaboration with CGI artist George Jasper Stone on Feel My Metaverse; a CGI film staged immersive installation for Collaborate! at Jerwood Arts, Keiken come to Aspex to continue their experimentation with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.

 Follow Keiken on Instagram: @_keiken_

Collective Futures Part 1

Keiken have been hosting Collective Futures, a 6 week programme of workshops sharing digital skills in film editing and Augmented Reality software. The participants have contributed to an exhibition of work, documenting the process of the workshops & the filters they have created. To find more about this, Click Here.


Image credit: Keiken + George Jasper Stone, Feel My Metaverse (Pando), 2019. Created for Jerwood Collaborate!, supported by Jerwood Arts.