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“This is not the earth, where things are weighed down. This is the air, where porn physics reign. A furnace where hundreds of thousands of dollars burn to make real life feel like someone’s aesthetic blog. They must live in this hyper-real atmosphere like alien birds."

Psycho Nymph Exile by Porpentine Heartscape

Parasomnia are undesirable behaviors and experiences that occur during partial arousal from sleep. These disturbing phenomena, including night terrors and sleepwalking, occur during those undefined transitional periods when we are caught between dreams and reality.

The artworks in this exhibition provoke a similarly disconcerting liminal state. Criss-crossing timelines and warping dimensions, the artists use the flexible parameters of digital space to develop their own eerie universes. Bending the laws of physics and the expectations of biology, they create these uncanny new worlds in exquisite detail. Their dystopian scenes resemble nowhere but remind us of everywhere. Through creating this terrifying aesthetics of anxiety, they provide a surprising and unwelcome contemporary critique. Hauntingly beautiful and intoxicating, the nightmarish visions attract our attention like moths to a flame. As with parasomnia, we are held helplessly captive to these perturbing dreams.

Vitória Cribb


Vitória Cribb draws on her subconscious to challenge the limits of reality. A Brazilian/Haitian artist, her surreal and imaginative works challenge social structures and behaviours. Through rethinking the body, her work has a powerful feminist political edge. Cribb was awarded the PIPA Prize in 2022 and was nominated for the CIFO-Ars Electronica Award. She has contributed work to international exhibitions including: Who Tells a Tale Adds a Tail (Denver Art Museum, 2022); Hotel Blue (Vellum LA, Los Angeles, 2022); and Disembodied Behaviors (Bitforms Gallery, New York , 2020).

Harriet Davey

Strength in the Crystallisation
Strength in the Crystallisation by Harriet Davey

3D artist, graphic designer and AR creator Harriet Davey is based in London and Berlin. Her remarkably imaginative work, rendered in intricate detail, reconsiders human identity in the context of our contemporary digital world. Specifically Davey’s work challenges the limits of beauty, gender identity and diversity, opening up fresh perspectives. Her artworks take inspiration from fantasy novels and immersive video games as well as the natural landscapes of her childhood in northern England.

Jonathan Zawada

Quarter Veteran
Quarter Veteran by Jonathan Zawada

With an art practice that seamlessly blends the natural with the artificial, Jonathan Zawada’s striking work challenges what we understand about the world we inhabit. This intricately detailed hyper-real mushroom was created by cross-breeding of two original one of a kind generative mushrooms. The original NFTs were destroyed and this mushroom was made through the algorithmic crossbreeding of their generative DNA. Jonathan Zawada was born in Perth, Australia he has worked with a diverse list of brands and musicians as well as exhibiting works internationally including in Los Angeles, Sydney, Barcelona and Paris.

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Tabitha Swanson

𝑺𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒆𝒈𝒖𝒊𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕
𝑺𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒆𝒈𝒖𝒊𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 by Tabitha Swanson

Berlin-based artist Tabitha Swanson works across design, fashion and creative technology as well as contemporary art. Her work is inspired by the strange and evocative dreamscapes of surrealist painters reimagined for today using digital processes. Working with a surreal, fantasy aesthetic she pushes the boundaries of art and design into the future. Swanson has exhibited internationally including at Miami Art Basel, Fotografiska, Transmediale, Mmmad, Cadaf Arts and elsewhere.


Fuckiffilai Onethouzandranon and the unagi

Interested in world-building and language, L.A. based artist Sam Balfus, aka Balfua, creates personified abstract objects called Slollas which inhabit a fantastical spirit world called the Sayssiworld. Fuckiffilai Onethouzandranon is a fiendish spirit looking out over the Sayssiworld mountains on his search for the unagi tail. Sam Balfus gained a BFA in Art & Technology School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016. His work has been shown in galleries and publications across the US, Europe, and South America. His practice incorporates music and content about the mythical gooniverse with art band Znzn Kanshan.



Fabian Aerts, aka Southarena, is a multidisciplinary artist from Belgium who creates intricately designed surreal visual environments. Aerts’ PARADIGM series is based on 12 uniquely elaborate fantasy worlds. A tribute to the wonders of nature, the forms and their interactions inside these environments push the limits of physical and natural laws. The artist’s imaginative worlds surprise and challenge us providing a new framework through which to understand our own reality.


Sylphs sisters
Sylphs sisters by Alfacenttauri

Felipe Sepulveda, aka Alfacenttauri, is a Chilean multi-disciplinary artist. They create fantasy worlds inhabited by unusual polymorphic and fluid creatures. The work hints at the hope for salvation and rebirth in the still unexplored diverse creatures and ecosystems of nature. Alfacenttauri has participated in collective exhibitions in museums and art galleries throughout the Americas such as Public Works: The Lowline in New York City, Pupilata dilatada in Rio de Janeiro, the ETH Latin American conference in Buenos Aires and the NFT auction curated by Mint Gold Dust in the NFT.NYC event in Times Square.


ammonite swamp³

Visual artist and music producer D3mo lives and works in Buenos Aires. Their intricately detailed works reimagine the natural world as an environment in which living creatures exchange energy with fossilised bodies. Rethinking nature from this new perspective, their highly imaginative work opens up new possibilities for growth, expansion and renewal.


Balanced Turmoil Ceremony

Istanbul-based CGI artist Ooze creates wildly complex narratives involving imaginary creatures that live in elaborately detailed micro-planets. In ‘Balanced Turmoil Ceremony’ the lives of these fantastical creatures play out in a normalised chaos. Through reimagining social dynamics, Ooze prompts us to question the turmoil and stabilising factors in our own lives.

Reuben Wu


Reuben Wu is a British visual artist, now based in Chicago, whose work engages with concepts of time and space to reassess our place on Earth. Using sublime imagery of natural landscapes often lit with drone lighting or glyphs in the sky, his surreal work has a supernatural feel. A National Geographic photographer and Global Brand Ambassador for Phase One his work has been acquired for the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA.

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