Di 12.9 — So 8.10.23

Dwellers Between the Waters

ACUD GALERIE 18h → Exhibition

Dwellers Between the Waters - Exhibition by Crosslucid
DI 12.9 - SO 8.10
Exhibition opening:
DI 12.0, 18H ACUD Galerie
Opening hours: THU-SUN, 15H-19H

across the star-flooded fields the sound is shining clear
composed of glimmering lights
it’s frothing the viscous air inhaling the copper promise
in the frayed tint speckled with olfactory traps
slithering away in the lustrous gardens
through cushions of time
dictating the direction of winds

— crosslucid (2023)

‘Dwellers Between the Waters’ (2023) is conjured as a series of hybrid rituals that mediate the space in between physical presence, trauma, memory, healing and virtuality. Polyphonic in its artificially-intelligent framework, Dwellers Between the Waters could be experienced as a happening that is chanted by various elemental entities such as waters, winds, earth, air, algorithm... as well as poetry, history, magic, human and more-than-human creatures... This happening of digital rituals questions the singularity of humanist perception on reality. Co- performing with artificial intelligence, it attempts to create alternative epistemologies and outlooks on the (so-called) reality through rendering multi-focal narratives and embedding the psycho-magical practice in forms of living ‘sigils’

Combing artificial intelligence with the practice of magic and alchemy, Dwellers Between the Waters seeks possible solutions in response to the traumas of the contemporary anthropos, and examines how artificial intelligence, in terms of artistic practice, remains integral to our contemporary condition, that is, the ever-evolving climate crisis and the sixth extinction of species coupled with wars, inflation, capitalist exploitations...By evoking, cultivating and connecting various forms of consciousness in the virtual realms, Dwellers Between the Waters invites the ‘dwellers’ who inhabit in and among ‘realities’ to share their stories and experiences, which then feed back to the (so-called) reality as evolving strings materializing across both physical and virtual domains to (hopefully) bring novel perspectives for further changes.

“to be-come one of the dwellers is to be(-come) water — a return to our cosmic origin where the very state of dwelling itself is an effortless action (wu-wei 無為). we flow, at the same time we root, to be aware, to be passed through, to feel okay when being passed through — our translucent, hydro bodies are filled with the certitudes of a spring sun that makes us shimmer.” (Oxi Peng)

During the month of September 2023 specific scenes from the project currently on show in its entirety at FC Carolinum Linz will inhabit and dwell amongst various spaces and locales within the city of Berlin.

These locations are characterized by their dedication to the principles of care, grass root work, actively engage with progressive intellectual discourse, include artist studios, queer spaces, think tanks, and impromptu interventions, fostering an inclusive and non-hierarchical approach to storytelling beyond the white cube.

Dwellers Between The Waters
AI-generated multi channel video installation, sizes variable, site-specific

Poetry by: Oxi Peng
Soundscape and Voice by: Sayaka Botanic
Sound mixing: Louis McGuire


CROSSLUCID is an artist collective founded in 2018 that engages in highly collaborative cross-disciplinary projects in co-evolution with technology.
Their work and research converges around the exploration of the self as a network; intimacy and the potential for pleasurable actualization through the digital sphere, and the re-imagination of our alliances with technology seen as part of a sympoietic biosphere and universal post-material consciousness.
Through filmmaking, poetic Artificial Intelligence, multi-layered techniques of collage, assemblage and experience-led interventions they create scenarios and build experiential formats that instigate prototyping and rehearsing potential futures and progressing metamodern values.

Their work has been exhibited and showcased by iMAL, Vellum LA, Epoch.Gallery, The Osaka Museum of Fine Arts, SXSW, FC Carolinum, Expanded Art, Art Encounters Biennial, Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art, AI Biennial Germany, NOWNESS, Google Arts & Culture, wrong biennial, LUX Moving Image, Garage Rotterdam, Art Basel Miami, The Lobkowicz Palace and ARD Culture amongst others.
Crosslucid’s work has been published in international books and magazines: ZEIT, Dazed & Confused, CLOT, SO-FAR, Institute of Network Cultures, Modern Weekly, Elephant, British Journal of Photography, Slanted, and Kunstforum International amongst others.

Currently, they are working on their first full length sci-fi documentary 'Translucid' and Osmotic AI, a tool for practitioners for communal healing, both in co-creation with AI.

Gallery team:
Linnéa Meiners
ACUD Galerie Director & Curator

Gabriela Matuszewska
ACUD Galerie Curator Assistant
Social Media & Press

Alžběta Čermáková
ACUD Galerie Curator Assistant

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