Yuri Pirondi & Ines von Bonhorst, UK
Emergencia is a performative video inspired by the allegory of Plato’s Cave of where a group prisoners that have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The prisoners watch shadows projected on the wall by people passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. They mistake illusions for reality, believe only shadows on the wall. One of the prisoners managed to free himself from the chains, and once out of the cave he had a terrible shock. Socrates narrated the light and new found freedom experienced by the prisoner, his first reaction to reality is pure astonishment, and fear of the unknown.