In Brief

The app-as-comic illustrates the ramifications of sea level rise without the use of boxes and panels

So you’ve helped create the world’s first side-scrolling graphic novel, attained widespread critical acclaim, and an official endorsement from the embassy of your own country. What do you do from there? Bring your groundbreaking work to Art Basel—and this time, show the whole thing off in 360 degrees. Created by French graphic novelist and animator Marietta Ren, Phallaina tells the story of Audrey, a young woman experiencing hallucinations of fishes and whales while living in a city dealing with the ramifications of sea level rise. Through the help of a neurologist, she discovers that an anomaly in her brain allows her to swim underwater longer than normal humans.

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