“Welcome to the Enclave” is an experimental animation framed as an absurdist crowdfunding video. The Enclave is a virtual neighborhood for 'like-minded women’ created by Moni Calivione during the Covid pandemic. At the moment, she’s under attack from Reddit trolls who are changing her road signs to potty humor and splattering her walls with sexually explicit imagery. Together with her sister Blair, she desperately looks for a way to save her patch of e-serenity by raising money online. The film is a delirious exploration of technological “progress” that paints the metaverse as one large opportunity for chaos. A compendium of design flaws, errors, glitches, and oddities unravel the delusion at the heart of The Enclave’s pursuit for a white, suburban ideal and expose the baggage we bring to online spaces if we don't fix our very real IRL problems.
(12 min) 2023
In collaboration with Brenna Palughi