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Chicago

Gallery Uno

Exhibition Detail
The Definition of Is
410 S. Michigan Ave
Suite 541
Chicago, IL 60605


July 10th, 2009 - August 1st, 2009
 
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> QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.artexhibitionlink.com/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Michigan Ave/Downtown
EMAIL:  
kjost@artic.edu
PHONE:  
773.301.3895
OPEN HOURS:  
Fri-Sat 2 – 6 or by appointment
TAGS:  
digital, installation, video-art
> DESCRIPTION
In collaboration with Chris Reilly.

The Definition of Is consists of a single channel interactive video paired with a small sculpture. The video reproduces the gallery space, much as a mirror would. This virtual environment is also occupied by digitally generated objects. Viewers can trigger events in the virtual space by moving the sculpture around the actual gallery.

When the audience engages with The Definition of Is, they occupy two versions of the same space simultaneously. The virtual space tracks the actions of the participant even as it subtracts their form from the environment. Conversely, while the physical space contains the body of the audience member, here their actions have no effect.

The primary addition to the virtual gallery takes the form of a floating, undulating orb. This object is submerged in darkness until a participant presents the marker to the projected image, thus illuminating the virtual scene. This interactive mode recalls the experience of viewing in general: a physical relationship between the viewer and the viewed, paired with the conceptual discovery of decoding the information an object contains.

Click here for more information on the technical aspect of this artwork.

Video coming soon.

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