An installation image of an artwork by the collective Keiken. In a blue-lit gallery space are projections and TVs on the wall. On the floor are pillowy mattresses and cushions, surrounded by sand. People are reclining on these structures.
Somerset House Studios

Grounding Practice: Keiken

Thu 10 Mar
18.00 - 19.30

An in conversation and practice sharing session with artist collective Keiken.

In a session filmed from Somerset House, Keiken co-founders Hana Omori and Isabel Ramos talk through the ideas and experience at the core of their cross-dimensional practice, unpacking the processes that help form their creation of speculative and immersive worlds - hybrid spaces that merge the physical with the digital. 

Through examples across various mediums spanning filmmaking, gaming, installation, Extended Reality (XR), and performance, the collective share how they utilise some of these tools to simulate new structures and test-drive possible futures.  

This Grounding Practice workshop has been programmed in conjunction with Amplify Digital Arts Initiative (DAI) 2022, an online residency programme bringing together an international network of female-identifying and non-binary artists and professionals working within the fields of digital arts and electronic music, produced in partnership with British Council, MUTEK, Oi Futuro and Artlab. 

About Keiken

Keiken is an artist collective, co-founded by Tanya Cruz, Hana Omori and Isabel Ramos in 2015. Based between London and Berlin, they come from mixed diasporic backgrounds (Mexican/Japanese/European/Jewish).

Keiken’s collective title is taken from the Japanese word for experience; the lived experience being an idea at the core of their practice. They are collaboratively building and imagining a Metaverse to simulate new structures and ways of existing and to test-drive possible futures. The metaverse is a fully immersive virtual space of multiple worlds which allows Keiken to become the architects and collaborators of the future. The metaverse pierces our perceptions of reality and defies all that we know.

Keiken creates these speculative worlds through filmmaking, gaming, installation, Extended Reality (XR), blockchain and performance. Through these varied mediums they explore how societal introjection governs the way we feel, think and perceive.