Hikari means light in Japanese. Light, on this context, couldn’t be define more beautifully as to what the work was about: a story of Kyra’s transformation from a girl into a woman when she moved to Japan.
Something so simple as a natural event in everyone’s life could sound mundane for the distracted viewer. Alone and presented without a perspective it could go anywhere without previous notice but no, not under Amelie’s view.
The amount of details and reality displayed at Hikari allowed the visitor to understand a bit of what Kyra had to face after making such a radical decision of leaving home to start a life in foreign lands. As soon as they arrived, right on the middle of the road, in front of the car repair shop where on the second floor the apartment was situated, the visitor was proposed to be in an uncomfortable position. A mix of Kyra’s perspective but also from an outsider’s: “how can I live here?” in counterpoint to “what am I doing here?”; “where should I start?” against “where is the exhibition?”. The answers could only be given to those who dared searching for them.
Amelie debuted her first installation offering an intricate environment of site-specific art. The Japanese street was invaded by TVs looping fragments of Kyra’s avatar, flashing colorful and strong lights all over the place at night. The street that changed Kyra’s life. She is now in every corner. This affirmation couldn’t be truer; Kyra wasn’t physically there anymore, but one couldn’t deny her presence.
Amelie Marcoud (ameliemarcoud.resident) – in Second Life since 01/13/2015
Self-taught machinimist, Amelie realized the huge social aspect of Second Life and started exploring her love for time travelling and vintage objects. On the search for common interests, she ended up at 1920’s Berlim, where she started to create her first videos.