Leopoldplatz, Berlin, performative installation, 2023, 3 inflatable objects
MAGICAL MANTI is a performative installation consisting of three large inflatable objects developed with an image-generating artificial intelligence, the prompts emerging from on-site research, and additional objects floating in augmented reality. The objects are new, temporary inhabitants of the square who elude clear definitions; they suggest that everything is in flux, boundaries should be blurred, and they invite us to accept everyday contradictions, to embrace complexity and weirdness.
The work re-imagines a multicultural Berlin square as a place for queerness, utopia, and diverse lifestyles.
At the opening, performer Elias Kurth was the first person to encounter the objects on the square, making them tangible and exposing their tenderness: He handled them with care, in a soft attempts of coexistence, emphasizing their own life in the interstices of human and non-human existence.