When once the sky was blue
In the not-so-distant future, the world has been consumed by darkness. In this eerie world stand three cloaked figures, glowing in the darkness. They beckon you to come closer, and in a collective voice say to you: “Do you remember when the sky was blue?” This immersive web experience aims to deal with eco-grief and collective trauma during the Anthropocene. Through poetry, visuals and immersive sound, be guided through a journey exploring three ecosystems. You choose where to begin in this performance encouraging mindfulness practices. The performance is born out of an extended body of work called ‘Sacred Body’ which was an exploration of climate change and the body through the lens of queer ecology. The virtual experience premiered online in July 2021 with the National Women’s Theatre Festival (US) in their summer WTFRINGE21 festival, and in September 2021 with Burning Man’s Sparkleverse online.
Harshini Karunaratne (LK)
Harshini J. Karunaratne is a Sri Lankan-Peruvian digital artist and projection designer currently based in Berlin. She is passionate about the intersection of film and theater, having graduated in Film & New Media and Theater from New York University Abu Dhabi in 2018. Harshini has had her work shown in Italy, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Peru, as well as at FILE Festival in Brazil and at Burning Man in the United States. In her work, she explores themes relating to climate change, gender, the body and the afterlife.