1-10-2021 Victorine Van Alphen received the Golden Calf (Dutch Oscar) for Digital Culture with her work IVF-X: Posthuman Parenting in Hybrid Reality.
“a third space beyond the ever-present binary thinking” A dream to read the words of the jury – who nominated Victorine Van Alphen for a golden calf and unfolded the urgency: “IVF‑X does what good sci-fi can do. It becomes a mirror for our existing world, in this case addressing presuppositions and biases surrounding parenthood. The carefully considered scenography and the stages in which the story is constructed make even a sceptical audience into vulnerable participants. Story and technology are one. This is not a VR experience, but one that uses VR precisely, convincingly and harmoniously as just one of the media. IVF‑X asks questions about what life is, about genetics and reproduction, and about the individualistic society and culture we live in. In just 20 minutes, you are effectively immersed in very personal and profound layers of what parenting could be outside of patriarchal, commercialised and gendered norms. It offers a third space beyond the ever-present binary thinking. At the end of the piece, the questions posed about post-human existence continue to resonate.”