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“The Rebirthing Room”: A Bold New Vision by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley at Studio Voltaire

Studio Voltaire opens its doors to “The Rebirthing Room,” an audacious installation by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, running until 28 April 2024.

As Brathwaite-Shirley’s year-long residency comes to a close, this new work challenges us to reconsider the narratives of Black and Brown Trans lives through the innovative lens of gaming and VR technology.

A Journey into New Realities

Brathwaite-Shirley’s immersive environment transports visitors to a forest where every tree and shadow whispers of discovery and transformation. Here, the audience is invited to engage directly with the space, becoming an active participant in a story that unfolds around them. This forest is not just a setting but a crossroads of past, present, and potential futures.

Technology as a Catalyst for Change

In a groundbreaking move, “The Rebirthing Room” transforms VR headsets from solitary devices into tools of collective experience. The installation’s projection-mapped environment demands collaboration from its audience, challenging them to navigate and explore together. It’s a bold reimagining of technology’s role in storytelling and community building.

A Space of Resilience and Renewal

“The Rebirthing Room” is a sanctuary for those the world has overlooked. It stands as a pro-Black, pro-Trans space where visitors confront the discomfort and danger that comes with true transformation. Brathwaite-Shirley’s work compels us to face our fears and emerge reborn in authenticity.

An Invitation to Transformation

Brathwaite-Shirley extends an invitation to all willing to embark on this journey of rebirth. It’s an experience designed not for pleasure but for profound change, offering a new life to those brave enough to step into the shadows.

As we walk into “The Rebirthing Room,” we are not just entering an installation but stepping into a conversation about identity, survival, and the power of community. This work is a testament to the resilience of the Black Trans experience and a reminder of the transformative power of art.

Join us at Studio Voltaire for a transformative journey through “The Rebirthing Room” and discover what lies beyond the shadows.


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