Radical film at the
dawn of a new society

Radical film
at the dawn of
a new society

Splendour in the grass: animal, woman, and utopia

Radical film
at the dawn
of a new

Splendour in the grass: animal, woman, and utopia

Hana Yoo
The project started with inspiration from an experiment conducted on cattle at a dairy farm in Moscow, showing them a virtual image of peaceful grassland on a cow-customized VR headset. The article that describes this experiment implies the VR experiment reduces the anxiety of cows and has shown a possible increase in milk production.


The utilization of technical apparatus in the welfare of both humans and animals have different purposes, e.g. cows for milk and meat production – humans for improving their quality of life. However, the subject-object relationship in the scientific experiment has strong similarities in the dynamic between the political system and the people. The assumption that presenting utopian images will reduce anxiety connects to the sovereign control of mental health and female reproductive labor being the ultimate catalyst for capitalism.


With various purposes, the endeavor to change perspective and overcome the boundary of visual perception has been technologically achieved, for instance in VR. However, it simultaneously reveals numerous limitations that oversimplify the individual’s experience and relationship to their environment, along with not taking into account the psychological implications in their entirety. How could one embrace the complexity while detouring from the idea of ‘self’? Inspired by children’s stories and human-animal metamorphosis in mythologies, the film takes an extremely exaggerated anthropomorphic view of non-humans, which paradoxically reveal the position of humans to widen perceptions, whilst confronting limitations.


Working in film and multimedia installation, Hana Yoo collects allegories and technological appropriation of nature, reconstructs them through fantastical and documental narratives. Her works were shown at museums and festivals including the Fotomuseum (Winterthur, CH), European Media Art Festival(EMAF, DE), and Busan International Video Art Festival(Busan, KR) among others. She is currently working as an artist resident in the Vilém Flusser Archive, Berlin, and part of Goldrauschkünstlerinnen 2021.