IT-ME: TIME Traveller Beta2021 – Melbourne Fringe VR
November 15 @ 2:00 pm – November 20 @ 6:00 pm
Join Taiwanese artist and digital mystic Betty Apple as she introduces you to Beta – a futuristic mermaid, creature from an alternate dimension who travels through time and land on the Earth; falling on to the island of Taiwan in 2021.
In an adventure that sees her absorb fantastical energy from a Dragon Palace under the sea before turning into a human, she undergoes a mermaid awakening that adopts a modern digital slant. Using experimental rap music and videos, Betty overthrows the stereotypical, patriarchal image of mermaids. From the mermaid costume to the gigantic silicon breasts, Betty’s Taiwanese Queer Punk Sci-Fi adventure redefines the meaning of both the IT Girl and Information Technology with a surreal character and moving imagery.
This AV installation work is filmed by the famous queer Taiwanese filming crew: MW Studio. The work was filmed with iPhone 12 ProMax in the iconic site of the northern coast in Taiwan, including the Temple of Shells and the Fish Market.This work is commissioned and presented by Melbourne Fringe as part of Fringe Focus Taiwan, supported by The Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Cultural Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Sydney.