Scanning the Horizon: An Immersive Archive, 2022–23
Interactive VR with point cloud scans, audio interviews, field recordings (10–30 min.); installation with VR headset, 4K video on monitor with sound (10 min. loop), PVC strips
With his interactive Virtual Reality installation, Scanning the Horizon: An Immersive Archive, Benjamin Busch maps out spaces significant to Berlin’s various queer communities. Since 2021, he has visited more than thirty spaces and scanned them using the digital imaging technique of spatial LiDAR scans. The three-dimensional point cloud VR maps of legendary bars like Ficken 3000, the party series Gayhane at SO36, and cultural institutions such as Kino Moviemento and Sonntags-Club, are enhanced with field recordings and audio interviews with their operators, alluding to the many untold stories to which these spaces are home.
Part I, 2022, with Ficken 3000, SO36 × Gayhane, and Sonntags-Club, had its World Premiere at the 39th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival.
Part II, 2023, with Kino Moviemento × XPOSED × Pornfilmfestival, had its World Premiere at the 17th XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin.
Dr. Peter Rehberg’s catalog text A Psychedelic Double was published on the occasion of the BPA// Exhibition 2022 at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.