Anan Fries is a digital and performing artist. They spent many years as the artistic director of the game-theater collective machina eX, which is known for its immersive, gamified experiences. In addition, Fries is a co-founder of Henrike Iglesias, an experimental performance collective with a strong love for pop and politics.
They explore correlations between technology and what we regard as “nature” and “natural.” Fries is interested in the question of how technologies can make it possible to experience queer perspectives, and in how to conceive of virtual and physical spaces more closely. Fries’s works are made at the intersection between digital and representative arts. In 2021, in cooperation with the sound artist Malu Peeters, Fries created VIRTUAL WOMBS, a hybrid of a VR experience and live performance, and [POSTHUMAN WOMBS], a VR essay that has been seen at the IDFA DocLab in Amsterdam, DOK Leipzig, GIFF Geneva, Konsthall C in Stockholm, and elsewhere.
Fries’s latest work RIP – Resurrect in Peace, first seen in April at the HAU Berlin, is funeral for an extinct bird in the format of an interactive video installation.
© Portrait Anan Fires by Hairygaze