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I am Chuma VR

Within and without.

Awakening in Self expression with artist Chuma Somdaka

What happens when a broken homeless woman, who becomes triggered by a violent event causing her suppressed past traumas to resurface, connects to a state of  “flow” by picking up a stick?

 

Experience an unhinging street artist’s journey to discovering her authentic expression when confronted by her deepest fears. In a narrative-driven XR experience through her shadows of the dark night, we traverse the void, her internal universe, likened to traveling through a black hole. In a moment of choice, to use her creative or destructive power, a transformation occurs, connecting to lighter (brighter) states of being in her expansion.

 

Synopsis:

The experience engages audiences in their own bubbles, looking at life through their own bias and filters, creating empathy and agency, through a glimpse at the life and eyes of a young black lesbian woman, who finds herself homeless in the Cape Town Company Gardens for a period of three years. A physically disabled Chuma unexpectedly finds her gift and calling as an artist, when to survive her fears of being vulnerable to attack, she chooses not to be mixed up in a violent and vicious circle, nor to resort to drugs, stealing or selling her body. Instead, she goes within, finds inspiration and begins to draw, relentlessly, which sets her life on a new path. Through Chuma's empowered choices, she experiences an enlightened awakening of her authentic self-expression, in the conquering of her fears in her darkest moments while living on a bench in a city park.

 

Genre / 

Animated-hybrid experimental VR documentary

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Running time / 

14 minutes

 

Production company / 

Zeropoint528

 

Year / 

2019-2020