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Natalie’s Trifecta
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Natalie’s Trifecta

Natalie Paneng
South Africa
2023
30 min
World Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction
Synopsis

South African artist Natalie Paneng’s biography describes her as “residing in Johannesburg and the cyber village called the internet.” The physical and digital are on an equal footing in Paneng’s utopian art, in which she uses various media to explore how our online personas relate to reality. In the virtual reality experience Natalie’s Trifecta, she welcomes us to both of these worlds, plus a third: that of her imagination.

From the “Homeworld” of the experience, you can pass through three gateways leading to three special worlds. The “Exhibition Space” is a digital gallery in which Paneng’s works are displayed in ways that mirror how she installs work in physical gallery spaces. The “IRL World” (In Real Life) takes us into Paneng’s studio, where we see her at work, and where she answers questions about the VR experience itself—from “Who is Natalie?” to “Why are there all these Natalies in the work?”

And lastly, “Niceatopia,” the dream world that fuels Paneng’s work and where the visitor is invited to play in a digital utopia. Natalie’s Trifecta offers the user a journey through these three worlds to experience the different elements that make the artist whole.

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Credits
30 min
color
Digital file
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Natalie Paneng
    Natalie Paneng
Production
    Ingrid Kopp for Electric South
    Ingrid Kopp for Electric South
Key collaborator
    Natalie Paneng
    Natalie Paneng
Executive producer
    Antoinette Engel,
    Ingrid Kopp,
    Steven Markovitz
    Antoinette Engel,
    Ingrid Kopp,
    Steven Markovitz
Developer
    Kyle Donald Marais
    Kyle Donald Marais
Narration
    Natalie Paneng
    Natalie Paneng
Screening copy
    Taryn Joffe for Electric South
    Taryn Joffe for Electric South

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