Installation view @ Borås Art Museum, Sweden


Medusa is an experimental 360 short film about the contemporary crisis of Europe’s identity. This immersive experience has an hybrid format that hints at video art, performance art, choreography and sound art. The storytelling style is the result of a critical approach to immersive filmmaking conducted with the freedom to experiment in order to speculate on new cinematic format.

The script lies on the border between facts and fiction and draws its narrative from actual news, social media, EU documents and interviews. Medusa immerses the viewer in a surreal chains of events: a murdering in a museum, a lady spitting an apple, young men climbing ladders. An old Diva, Miss Europe, inhabits a dark space waiting to open a show that will never happen. A garbled french male voice bursts in time to time, it speaks from an undefined source as it were an interference from the past. Indeed those are audio fragments taken from a conferences about the “ Future of European Civilisation” held in 1956 in Athen by Albert Camus.

Medusa is the second stage of an artistic research on the consequences that the massive immigrants flows are causing to European stronghold and it questions the regress and loss of memory of a culture. The film project focuses on the contemporary rising of disused ideology that are catching on Europe’s political debates and questions the process that shapes public opinion and shared ideology.

By means of immersive technology, the treatment of Medusa follows a post-truth logic and aimsto depict the condition of human being in a hyper-mediated society, where presence and experience aren’t anymore strictly linked to a physical space, and where reality and fiction definitely overlapped.

curated by Jonatan Habib Engqvist
31.1 - 11.8.2019  Borås Art Museum, Sweden

360 4K stereoscopic video, ambisonic sound, color, 10’ 15’’, 2018


360 4K stereoscopic video, ambisonic sound, color, 8’ 58’’,  2018

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Medusa is a 360-degree video work that is experienced with a virtual-reality headset. It describes a Europe in crisis, and the events in the film mix fact with fiction. Sara Tirelli has used current news, social media, EU documents and interviews to portray the identity of the EU and the prevailing situation for people seeking asylum.

The title of the work refers to the Greek myth about the gorgon Medusa, whose gaze turned people into stone. It also suggests the historic painting by Théodore Géricault, The Raft of the Medusa (1818-1819), which is a depiction of the survivors of a shipwreck and how people are the victims of poor decisions made by the rulers. The Raft of the Medusa, in turn, has similarities with contemporary images of refugees who risk their lives on the way to Europe, while people in Europe are paralysed watching the events unfold on their TV screens. There is an obvious link between the painting and today’s media images of the refugee situation.

A large part of Medusa was filmed at the Borås Museum of Modern Art. A total of 63 mainly local actors participated. Among other projects, Sara Tirelli has collaborated with Agape, an NGO for unaccompanied minors.

Project  Description
- Albert Camus. The Future of European Civilisation; speech’s extract translation
- Backstage 


Production  Sara Tirelli (I) in collaboration with Borås Konstmuseum (SE) 
Script, directing, post-production  Sara Tirelli
Cinematography  Paul Blomberg Doven, Beppe Gallo,
Spatial Audio recording  David Levinsson, Sara Tirelli
Sound Sculptor  Giuseppe Cordaro
Sound Design  Sara Tirelli, Massimiliano Borghesi
Spatial Audio Post Production Massimiliano Borghesi “All You Need Is Sound”

With the kind support of
Västra Gotaland, Iaspis, Lindholmen Science Park

Developed thanks to
Borås Konstmuseum’s Artist in Production Residency
VISUAL ARENA’s Narrative VR_Lab

Lars Årsling
Hanna Chawki
Maria Kask
Lasse Persson

The Boys from Agape Borås
Samir Ahmad
Navid Amiri
Ghulamabbas Hasani
Aziz Hosseini
Abbas Islami
Hassan Jafari
Ali Mirzai
Zabi Mohammadi
Ali Sina
Hamidullah Shahrokhi
Mohammad Soltani

The Kids
Charlie Ramstrand
Gote Stenklyft
Leeroy Zetterqvist
Lovis and Nils Frölich Tureson

The performers from Ballet Akademien Göteborg
Abrahamsson Lovisa
Andersson Erik
Argati Inanna
Boström Matilda
Bruhn Sanna
Carrera Cesar
Jankavs Klara
Knudsen Felicia
Kristiansson Evelina
Kullgren Emma
Nordgren Stina
Ojala Carlsson
Svensson Jasmine
Åsbrink Beda

Unaccompanied minor coordinators
Kamal El Salim
Linda Hinderyd

Performers coordinator
Rebecca Evanne
Hannah Karlsson

Sara Tirelli
Museum Coordination
Aurora Hjalmarsson
Museum Technician
Peter Kondren

Jashar Mirzai
Basem Nabhan
Linnea Larsson
Ellen Järborg
Dafne Leidi

Filmed at
Borås KonstMuseum
Film Studios Gothenburg

Nokia OZO VR technician
Paul Blomberf Dovan

Insta PRO VR technician
Viktor Lind