Vera Sebert

Invading Space Characters

FILE Sao Paulo 2019 | Media Art
Electronic Language International Festival


‘Invading Space Characters’ is an internet and game-based web project: A ‘shooter‘ at the bottom of the screen can be moved left and right along the x-axis with the computer mouse. A text block is moving horizontally at the top of the screen: it is a prose poem about losing one’s memory. The text bounces back from the edge of the screen while falling down continuously. Bullets are fired with a mouse click and hit individual characters, making a gap in the text. Reading the text radically conflicts with the game’s aim, which is won the moment the text is completely deleted. The procedure infuses the text with haptic qualities and our usual approach to decoding and understanding written characters is revealed and rejected.


Vera Sebert *1987 | 2007-2015 Fine Arts at University of Fine Arts Braunschweig and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. 2015 Language Arts at University of Applied Arts Vienna, DAAD Erasmus+ Scholarship for Graduates. 2017 Artist in Residency at Kunstlerdorf Schoppingen (DE). 2018 Hannsmann-Poethen Grant for Literature (DE), Styria Artist-in-Residency (AT). 2019 Subnet Artist-inResidency, Salzburg (AT). She works in the borders between visual media, language, film and computer programs.