Fever Dream

Devin Ronneberg + Kite

Fever Dream

Fever Dream, New Media Installation, 2021

Currently on display at EFA Project Space NYC as part of the exhibition Speculations on the InfraRed.

In response to the audience’s proximity, a CRT TV flips between channels tuned in to settler conspiracies rooted in the denial of Indigenous agency and futurity—such as the idea of “ancient aliens” being responsible for the building of Indigenous monuments. Footage of UFO sightings, space cults, and military-science Youtube theorists intermingle with press briefings on the oppression of “illegal aliens” (the dismissal of migrant rights at the border), uranium mining on Indigenous territory, and nuclear fears. GPT-2 generated text, built from a curated library, serves as subtitles that draw the viewer in, describing that to break through colonial biases one must first break into the conspiracies and mythologies deep in the settler psyche.