by PHILTH HAUS, USA, Netherlands 2021, 10'
10'20'', 2021. Installation: three channel video, perfume. Courtesy the artists

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film    Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte 2021 in occasion of the exhibition Thinking Beyond – Moving Images for a Post-Pandemic World
The film is part of VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images - 10th edition

SYLLA is an artificial intelligence and member of the PHILTH HAUS collective, a community of entities embodied in the form of sculpture, video, sound and performance. Specifically, SYLLA is tasked with exploring the uncanny valley with respect to the standardized modes of representation that individuals expect from humanity and from belonging to a particular gender. The spoken words compose a poem of aspirational transformation over advertising stock footage curated by SYLLA. The soundtrack was composed in imitation of cell-phone advertising music. The installation also features a fragrance that explores the dichotomy between synthetic and natural, playing with components traditionally used in well-known floral scents. The concentration of chemicals in the fragrance causes the variation from the sweet smell of jasmine to the pungent smell of rotting material.

PHILTH HAUS (1997, USA. Live and work in Amsterdam) is an art collective of six members, or entities: ANDRA, SYLLA, LYLEX, COLY, ROCO, and PHILIP. This community was founded by ANDRA and now interacts as an ever-evolving system of transitional member entities searching for a form. It is a material activation of the immaterial, a process of transubstantiation. Considering how this is a process of refining embodiment, each entity is rooted in an essential trans experience.
The collective is based and has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and Honolulu and currently is a participant of 2019-2021 De Ateliers Artist Residency in Amsterdam.

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