The World is Mine

Ann Oren

2017 | 01:08:00 | Israel | English, Japanese | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Animation, Consumer culture, Documentary, Expedition/Travel, Feature Length, Performance, Technology

Hatsune Miku is a co-creation platform, personified by a cute and oddly seductive animated character. Fans bring her to life by creating content that she “delivers”. Her entire persona: lyrics, music and animation – is fan created, and that's her charm. Cosplaying Hatsune Miku, Ann Oren goes to Tokyo for a performative journey among these fans and explores the Miku phenomenon as an expression of collective fantasy. The habits of Miku's fans is a familiar exaggeration of our social media habits, that flood us with crowd creativity.

The film examines the performative nature of cosplaying – dressing up and playing the role of fictional characters – as a hybrid space where reality blurs into fetishistic fantasies and pop culture clichés. Embedded with fan-made lyrics and songs, Oren's journey in the fictional Miku world unfolds. Through vague erotic episodes and encounters with characters whose ontological status remains mysterious, the film brings to mind the adventures of a modern Alice in a virtual Wonderland.

“I sleep inside the display that depicts the end. And in that end, I will sing a song that only you wanted to hear.“ - Hatsune Miku

Writer/Director/Performer: Ann Oren

Cinematography: Hiroki Iwai

Sound Design: Manuela Schininá

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Prizes + Awards

B3 Moving Image Biennial, Frankfurt: Best Artwork Award (as video installation)

DOKer Moscow International Documentary Film Festival: Best IT documentary award

Epos Film Festival, Tel-Aviv Museum: Winner Israeli Films Competition


New Horizons Film Festival

Exhibitions + Festivals

New Horizons International Film Festival

Locarno Festival (with The Parders) 

New Orleans Film Festival

Tartu World Film Festival, Estonia

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein video collection