Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

Pirating Blackness / BLACKTRANSSEA.COM

Part of “Spirits, Jinns & Avatars”

2.+3.3., 11.+12.3., 18:00–22:00

GameInstallationNet Art

Digital rendering of a mesh structure reminiscent of water. Human silhouettes seem to swim in it
Low-key rendering of a sailing ship in the sea with five human silhouettes on it.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley's immersive computer game reconstructs the lost history of Black trans people in the Atlantic slave ship crossings. It presents an alternative past in which the ocean is magically animated and refuses to be an accomplice of colonisation. Shirley, who returns to HAU after her appearance in 2022, fantasises “about the search for Black trans history lost in the water” and “imagines a narrative of an ocean that refuses to let us drown”. The room installation transforms the physical space into an ocean where participants use themselves as currency to play the game. How will they rewrite history and, consequently, the present? Visitors embark on a journey of ancestors in a commemorative ritual to find out what their roles would be in the alternative present day. Press any button to enter!


Artistic direction, concept, development: Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley / Coding: Florian Bruckner


  • Past
    Thu 2.3.2023, 18:00 / HAU2
    Fri 3.3.2023, 18:00 / HAU2
    Sat 11.3.2023, 18:00 / HAU2
    Sun 12.3.2023, 18:00 / HAU2


Supported by: The Mechatronic Library, QUAD Derby.


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