I think that the reader should enrich what he is reading. He should misunderstand the text; he should change it into something else. Jorge Luis Borges
Borges Virtualis is a transmedia retelling of The Intruder, a short story by Jorge Luis Borges about two brothers who fall obsessively in love with a young drifter who they eventually murder after failed attempts to share her. Brazilian filmmaker Caio Ribeiro uses this story as a platform to interrogate both his own history of trauma and the violence and state sanctioned terrorism perpetrated by the Argentine junta during the Dirty War from 1976 to 1983. Ribeiro makes use of various media forms to create an evening-length performance that is part theater, speculative fiction, interactive installation and virtual reality.
After audiences view a manufactured film adaptation of The Intruder, Ribeiro leads them into increasingly deeper media spaces where political and historical contexts are distorted, reoriented and encouraged to be misunderstood in order to reveal new truths. The work gives viewers the opportunity to both conceptually experience and virtually embody the characters themselves, creating links between literary, technological, political and artistic practices.
In April 2017 FuturePerfect organized a 4 day intensive workshop at Parsons in New York where we explored some preliminary ideas around Borges Virtualis. Participants included: Caio Ribeiro, Sven Travis, Jonathan Beilin, Magnus Pind Bjerre, Nick Fortugno, Ashley Tata, Charles Wing, Kevan Loney and FuturePerfect Productions