Brazilian filmmaker Caio Ribeiro brought FuturePerfect in as a creative consultant to help devise his latest production Borges Virtualis. The work is based on The Intruder, a short story by Jorge Luis Borges that tells of two brothers who fall obsessively in love with a young drifter who they eventually murder after failed attempts to share her.
Since 2015, FuturePerfect has worked with Ribeiro to transform the story into a platform for interrogating both his own history of trauma and the state sanctioned terrorism perpetrated by the Argentine junta during the Dirty War from 1976 to 1983. We worked with Ribeiro to open up and expandThe Intruder into an evening-length performance that will be part film, speculative fiction, installation and virtual reality.
In April 2017 we organized a four-day intensive workshop sponsored by Parsons School of Design in New York to explore various themes and arrive at some provisional scenographic approaches. Sven Travis, Professor of Media and Design at Parsons introduced graduate students and artists Jonathan Beilin and Magnus Pind Bjerre to our team. Additionally, we brought game designer Nick Fortugno, opera director Ashley Tata, production designer Kevan Loney, and filmmaker/artist Charles Wing into these initial design sessions.
Ribeiro has just returned from Argentina where he had been filming additional scenes for the project.