Brigitte & Jonathan Meese: Mother and Son = Reality Meets Art (F.U.T.U.R.E. of Infinity)

A journey into the heart of the dictatorship of art

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What is the essence of art? How does it arise, where does it emerge from, in which ways does it express and display itself? Generally, the act of artistic creation is a secluded and intimate procedure. The first virtual reality production by Jonathan Meese and his mother Brigitte is a journey into the heart of the dictatorship of art, where spectators are able to closely witness the artist’s inspiration and working process.

In the artist’s virtual studio, the spectators experience in 3D the creation of a 360-degree “Gesamtkunstwerk” of the future: The sleeping artist is visited by wonderful, inspiring dreams. His mother enters, brings him coffee and urges him to paint. Another Mother Meese comes in, and another, and another… and the artist paints in a frenzy of creation, because “art is just to get started, and right away it’s more awesome than Picasso” (Jonathan Meese).

While Clouzot’s famous film “Le mystère Picasso” (1956) shows the creative act on a two-dimensional plane, here the spectators are right inside the events, being part of and taking part. The white studio space becomes a multidimensional screen. Several mothers enter, commenting, evaluating and provoking a work that is a reflection on Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Richard Wagner and Joseph Beuys. It leads to a compelling insight: Everybody is an artist, at least beneath these VR googles.

In a cooperation project spanning several years with the European culture channel ARTE, Berliner Festspiele/Immersion and invited artists are exploring the potentials and limits of Virtual Reality Experience and 360 Film. This technology has been inspiring game developers for years, and artists are also beginning to experiment with VR to open up and explore new spaces for art. The programme series Immersion seeks to foster and encourage this development.


  • Direction - René Päpke, Robin von Hardenberg
  • Concept/Idea - Jonathan Meese
  • Dramaturgy - Henning Nass
  • Production - KOBALT Kreation, Berliner Festspiele/Immersion, ZDF/ARTE
  • Photography Direction - Philipp Wenning
  • Sound - Sven Mühlender
  • Music - Bernhard Lang


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