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Originally commissioned by Die Digitale, Play4UsNow consisted of a live digital performance streamed into the media arts festival’s exhibition space in Düsseldorf, Germany in November 2020. I provided live animated visuals, and performed a live version of BIMBOFY ME, BABY: A Breast Expansion Fantasy in a paid private room.
In May 2021, video documentation of Play4UsNow was shown at Die Digitale’s five-year retrospective, installed at Heinrich-Heine-Allee subway station in Düsseldorf. Within the first day, Rheinbahn, the public transit authority, shut down the gallery due to complaints that Play4UsNow was obscene and pornographic.
Subsequently, our team offered a re-edited blurred version of the video as a compromise, which was also rejected. Finally, after negotiations involving the city mayor and cultural affairs department, the video was moved to the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, where it played in the foyer.
Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln: Pornographie? Streit um Düsseldorfer Kunstinstallation
Express: Warum zensiert Security U-Bahn-Kunst? Rheinbahn erklärt den Grund
Westdeutsche Zeitung: Ärger über Kurzfilm im U-Bahnhof
NRZ: Beschwerden: Rheinbahn unterbricht Kunstaktion in
NRZ: Zoff um “verstörendes” Video im Bahnhof hält an
NRZ: Von Kunst und Zensur
Amelie von Godin
Commissioned by DIE DIGITALE with additional funding from:
Carnegie Mellon School of Art’s Interdisciplinary Award
Burners Without Borders NERT Civic Ignition Grant
Carnegie Mellon University GuSH Research Grant
Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry’s Residency-in-Your-Room Fellows