Every day we generate two and a half quintillion bytes of data, a number with 12 zeros on the end. Every day we take three billion photographs. Every day 500 million people use the story feature on Instagram. Are we witnessing a storytelling epidemic? Is this the new decadence?
Using an assemblage of objects and recollections, curator, writer and dance artist Roshanara Adams presents her origin story as the starting point for an immersive audio-visual experience that explores decadence in the context of the attention industry.
pleasure gardens is our current work in development and by far our most ambitious production to date. We’ve brought together outstanding creators across disciplines, including composers Mark Fell and Plaid, choreographer Aishwarya Raut and Treatment Studio, to help realise our vision.
Come with us on the journey and immersive yourself fully in the production by reading our new translation of The Garden of Knowledge by Leopold Andrian, first published in 1895, and now available as a hand-finished limited edition (Winner of the British Association of Decadence Studies Translation Prize 2022). The installation has its foundations in this extraordinary short story.
Then experience our single room of wonder, Roshanarar bagan: an autobiographical exhibition of decadence, at Austrian Cultural Forum London between 23 February–31 March 2023.
The full multiroom site specific installation lands in 2025 unless we get James Cameron about it.