Kristin Lucas: Dance with flARmingos
with additional works by - Eteam, Peter Baldes, Shamus Clisset, Ben Coonley, Brenna Murphy, Eva Papamargariti, Will Pappenheimer, Mark Skwarek, Jack Stenner, and Giselle Zatonyl
Sept. 11 - Oct. 23, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 11, 7-11pm
Gallery Protocol is pleased to present Dance with flARmingos, an exhibition and curatorial project by artist Kristin Lucas. Through a wide-ranging, often humorous practice, Lucas investigates the disorienting influence of digital technolo- gies as they disrupt traditional notions of time, space, and self.
For Dance with flARmingos Lucas invited a group of her peers (fellow media artists engaged in a variety of virtual 3d practices) to submit Augmented Reality ‘sculptural’ works, organized around the theme of Terraforming. Drawing paral- lels between the phantom-presence of Augmented Reality and equally intangible notions of ‘The Future’, Lucas prompted contributing artists to envision the future of Land Art and land use, particularly in Florida, as the site of the exhibition and given it’s eccentric history of use and unique susceptibility to climate change. Participants were asked to “virtually terra- form” these future landscapes “into the likeness of their choosing or as altogether new realities”. These digitally rendered futures are then geolocated onto the grounds surrounding the gallery as virtual augmentations onto the current landscape, where visitors may view and interact with them via their personal electronic devices (i.e. smartphones, tablets, etc.).
Within the gallery itself, Lucas presents her own interpretation of the Florida theme in an interactive, Virtual Reality “pedestrian roller coaster” – a roller coaster-like structure composed entirely of steps. Audience members can experience a first-person perspective of this enormous, fictional ‘ride’, using a joystick to climb and descend its stairways as the sea level gradually rises and falls around them.
By using digital tools to envision fantastical, and even physically impossible scenarios, the artists in Dance with flARmin- gos work to provoke broader conversations about culture, economy and environment.
Contributing Augmented Reality artists include Eteam, Peter Baldes, Shamus Clisset, Ben Coonley, Brenna Murphy, Eva Papamargariti, Will Pappenheimer, Mark Skwarek, Jack Stenner, and Giselle Zatonyl.
(below are install photos)
(below are photos from our Augmented Reality Sculpture Garden)