Just returned from Venice Biennale Cinema VR lab where we worked on our second episode of Queerskins: a love story for VR. In Queerskins ark, Mary-Helen, the mother of Sebastian, whom she has lost to AIDS, finds a way to transcend her grief and her self through reading his diary. It is our hope that through the unique possibilities of VR storytelling (in this episode we harness the visitor’s body movement for storytelling) visitors can also transcend if just for a time their own limits of themselves and their world. This was an incredibly productive experience for us. The mentors and participants were so generous with their creativity and knowledge. So grateful for this opportunity. Stay tuned for updates.
We did it! A beautiful installation for Queerskins: a love story for VR at the Rice University Media Center. Queer family photos! We are there Nov 8-12. Come see us!
Happy to be part of the future reality event at NYC Media Lab. Come see us November 28th at NYU Kimmel Center.
Really pleased to be part of this VR show in Halifax curated by a great artist David Clark.
Whew! This month Queerskins is showing in Canada, Switzerland and Texas!
Above are new photos of participants at our installation at the TIFF Lightbox Gallery in Toronto in June taken by Tagger Yancey and Yann Voljean. These photos will be exhibited in 16x 20″ format in the installation in Houston at The Rice University Media Center. Nov 8-12. I’ll be giving an artist’s talk at noon on Nov 9.
Excited to be showing our interactive cinematic VR experience at The Rice Media Center as part of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival .
November 8-12. I will be giving talking about the work at noon on Friday November 9 in the Lounge at the Media Center.
Happy to announce that Queerskins: a love story will have its European premiere in November at The Geneva International Film Festival. Unfortunately, no installation, but they are working with us on creating the haptic chair which rumbles with the car engine. Skywalker Sound ,who did our audio post production and design, made it so bass noises are transmitted to a subwoofer under the seat. It’s a very elegant, very effective addition to the experience.
We are at muvlab for two weeks with a site-specific installation of Queerskins: a love story, featuring videos by Jarrah Gurrie and Pelin Kirca which were commissioned in 2011-12 for the online narrative.
I contacted Jarrah through a short film website, we met for two hours in a coffee shop in Union Square. He was going to LA to work on editing a Hollywood film –I handed him a Flip video camera and told him “no narrative” –just put it in your pocket and film your life. (I wanted him to use a Flip because it had no zoom so the filmmaker’s body is ever present in the motion of the shot) Three months later–he sent me back these beautiful videos which represent Sebastian’s life in LA after leaving Missouri.
Pelin’s video of a man touching his chest has been a centerpiece of installation since Tribeca. I met this wonderful Turkish artist in 2007 and commissioned a hand-drawn animation for Reconstructing Mayakovsky.
VR Fest MX was fantastic–the level of intelligence and creative energy in Mexico City is incredible. Thanks to all for this opportunity.