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Kevin’s Meandering Thoughts | Wandering The Chalkroom (Laurie Anderson’s Textual content-based Digital Actuality)


(picture through https://massmoca.org/occasion/laurie-anderson/)

It was a sizzling, humid day right here in New England, so we took our teenage son to the MassMOCA museum — an enormous, cavernous fashionable artwork extravaganza created out of an previous manufacturing complicated. It’s cool in there, in each levels and artwork. We hadn’t made reservations prematurely — it was extra a hit-the-road on a whim form of day — and we took an opportunity to see if there was any room for us to discover the Laurie Anderson Digital Actuality exhibit entitled “Chalkroom

No luck, the attendant knowledgeable us, because the day was booked strong prematurely. Dang. We knew our son would take pleasure in a VR expertise. We wandered away, slowly, however a couple of minutes later, we heard the attendant calling us again. ‘Come on,’ he knowledgeable us, with a smile, and a secretive wave, ‘I’ll allow you to in,’ and he led us into a very darkish room with digital actuality stations arrange.

If you recognize something about Laurie Anderson – musician, visible artist, author —  you recognize she is stuffed with fascinating experimentation. The Chalkroom VR takes that to a different stage altogether, fusing know-how with immersive textual content. The Chalkroom is predicated on a stay exhibit she created years in the past for the Guggenheim in New York, through which she transformed rooms with etched writings in chalk. On this VR model, the customer in immersive goggles flies and wanders by way of a captivating panorama of digital writing and artwork. It’s tough to explain. Anderson created the expertise with collaborator Hsin-Chien Huang.

(picture through https://massmoca.org/occasion/laurie-anderson/)

In a single room known as Cloud, my favourite, you employ the VR set to drag phrases off the partitions and create a swirling cloud of letters and phrases, in order that you find yourself standing in a maelstrom of texts set in movement. In one other known as Tree, my different favourite, you stumble upon a tree, whose leaves are letters and phrases, and you may both fly up by way of the branches, inflicting letters to fall and float, or as soon as on the prime, channel down alongside the trunk of the tree. In one other known as Rain, you’re standing above a puddle of water, as rain within the type of textual content, comes falling round you. In one other, known as Writing, you shine a line on the partitions, and write your individual texts, scribbling traces which can be made out of different phrases, in order that her writing turns into your ink, however solely quickly, as you then watch your graffiti elevate off the partitions, float off and disappear.

Laurie Anderson’s voice, in the meantime, is whispering in your ear the entire time, offering snippets of story and textual content, a delicate hum of the artist perched in your shoulder whilst you’re invited to make your individual decisions about what room to discover and what to do when you get there.

I’m usually a skeptic to the emergence of Digital Actuality as the subsequent step for inventive composition — the entire Meta World factor bothers me as a result of I understand how firms are already gearing to take advantage of the expertise for monetary achieve — however Anderson’s work has opened my eyes a bit wider for different potentialities, for the best way that Anderson and Huang so successfully merges textual content and story and know-how and sound collectively into a captivating expertise inside her imagined world.

I like that textual content itself is vital element, too, (white chalk writings set in opposition to a darkish background) as she makes use of letters and phrases and phrases to chalk the partitions and flooring and ceilings, after which invitations the viewer to discover these terrains, which generally open up into wider narratives and compositions within the digital world. It’s additionally price noting the strain between the old fashioned writing (chalk boards) and the brand new (digital actuality), as Anderson bridges the previous with the current/future.

Peace (writing it on the partitions),
Kevin

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