As survival fantasies replace technological utopias as pop culture’s go-to narrative, it’s not just a trend, but a mark of society’s ability to envision its own future.  Video gaming is a genre especially associated with post-apocalyptic survival scenarios — perhaps its typical protagonist-driven first-person narration encourages romanticization of a loner fighting against a hostile outside world.

Protagonist is usually on a quest of some sort, making acquaintances and alliances, but remaining solely responsible for their own survival. Instead of a collaborative, social structure — personal self-sufficiency in the face of a crisis.

Inevitably, she would carry her entire possessions in a supposed ‘backpack’ — an inventory that can be opened and scrolled through, to equip the recent and most efficient pillaged equipment and toss out the one that outlived its use.

“Roses are red,
 Gaming is fun,
‘You are carrying too much to be able to run’.”
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fibreboard, steel, faux granite paint, textile, leather, tree branches, found materials

photography by Lea Titz and Nika Kupyrova

exhibition views at Wien Museum MUSA