A joint project of the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore, and Sandbox Collective. Find more at: https://www.sandboxcollective.org/gender-bender-2021
Multi-arts online festival, WebVR, Metaverse
A multi-arts festival: a vibrant and inclusive metaverse, to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of gender expression. The festival showcases work from artists and individuals around the world that play with innovative ideas around issues of gender. As you enter the virtual world, you are greeted by a kaleidoscope of colors and sounds, each one a unique expression of gender identity and creativity. Encounter fantastical landscapes and creatures that challenge your preconceptions about gender and identity. Here, you can shed the limitations of the physical world and fully explore the possibilities of self-expression and creativity.
Faced with the challenges in the last year and a half, a shaky present and an uncertain future, the only thing IOVR is certain of at this point is that we must continue the work however and whenever possible. These difficult times have only taught us how much more we must persevere to further the gender discourse in the hope of contributing to a better understanding of gender and art.
Gender Bender 2021 is envisioned as a digital manifestation of the physical festival – an interactive online space for audiences to engage with. Keeping this in mind, this year, we only invite applications for ideas that can be realised in the digital space.
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