VR is here and it’s cool! Comparing this round of shorts to an experience I had over 20 years ago in a VR ‘Cave Lab’ at the University of Illinois, the tech has come into its own! For one thing, you’re having a seamless encounter wearing adjustable VR goggle with no breaks in the visuals or sound. Hence, a real sensation in a virtual space. One still sees pixels (less so in the animated works) and you don’t get the smells or the weather of a real place. But in the hands of mindful creator/director(s) there is something amazing that occurs in this medium which can immerse you in places or experiences you are not likely to encounter otherwise (except in a dream state).
In ‘Seeking Pluto’s Frigid Heart ‘ (New York Times, Key Collaborators: Lunar Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association) image grabs from the Hubble are used to compose this dramatic view of the planet from a distance as well as up close. It’s as if you were standing on its surface. I was struck by the mountainous, canyon-like, and glacial aspects of this planet; its primordial appearance giving the sensation of deep-time cast in the black void of space.
Other favorites are ‘Nomads’ (https://www.felixandpaul.com) about the Maasai peoples of Kenya, which puts you in situ and angled in a seated position amidst a group of Maasai, in a mud dwelling, in a village, and occasionally face to face for prolonged singular encounters. Also, ‘Old Friend’ (Tyler Hurd/ http://wevr.com which is a lively music -animated experience.
Presented a paper at Connecticut College’s 15th Biennial Symposium ‘Open All Ports, at Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, on‘Users’ in a Performance about Systems of Control. It was a three day event highlighted by paper sessions, performances, exhibitions, and new works at the intersection of arts and technology.
A great night and a terrific audience! This is the 2nd installment of the work-in-progress that is ‘Users’.
Users, is a performance that illuminates the perspectives of two women on opposite sides of the cultural divide; one a woman who works and lives in the digital landscape of data analysis; the other a law enforcement officer in the prison system. This interwoven narrative examines the contrasting lives of these two fictive characters as they move through their experiences looking at the present relevant to their past, and how they view their place in a world which gets thrown into sharp relief through a sudden act of violence.
Dixon Place Lounge, 7PM Thursday, February 18, 2016 161A Chrystie Street
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100 Days: Users (A Work-in-Progress)
Written and Directed by Mandy Morrison
100 Days: Users, is an interdisciplinary performance, that illuminates the perspectives of two women on opposite sides of the cultural divide; one a professional female who works in data analysis, and the other a law enforcement employee in the prison system. Taking into account a specific time-frame, this interwoven narrative, examines the experiences of the two fictive characters as they move through daily life, reflecting on the past and looking at the present relevant to their circumstances. How they see their place in the world, is highlighted by an act of violence.
This is a collaborative project with Lori Greene and percussionist Gabriella Dennery of Grace Drums.