A Field of Islands
“...migration identifies something uncapturable and unmeasurable, something ever mobile and unfamiliar. Far from designating a completely disempowered status, sees migration taking on a certain agency, autonomy and potentiality.’
-T.J.Demos The Migrant Image
A Field of Islands, utilizes the form of a video game to function as expanded cinema. In this expansive world, the viewer or in this case the gamer submerges into a level-based nonfiction narrative that investigates the condition of sovereignty in the self as it relates to the colonized nation.
While utilizing found/familial footage, 3-Dimensional scans/animations and experimental sound design, Jesús Hilario-Reyes builds a fantastical archipelago of narration. Through an autobiographical approach, the gamer experiences an abstracted retellings of familial history, that explores the entanglements of migrancy.