Hello all in Boston. We here in Los Angeles wanted to report on last night’s conversation with Rebecca Allen and Scott Fisher at LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab. We had close to 100% turnout. I’ve asked those who attended to add their thoughts to this post. I have picked out a few examples of some of the work that was referenced.
I felt that it ended up being an important point of departure for our work. Allen and Fisher unpacked over four decades of work that they have done in the field of virtual and augmented reality art, grounding our task at hand in a significant historic context.
As Allen was talking about her 1986 work on Musique Non-Stop with Kraftwerk, it occurred to me that you guys probably have no idea just how revolutionary MTV was when it emerged, along with basic cable, on August 1, 1981. This video is a great early example of what Deirdre will be taking on with Facial Animation and Sound Syncing.
Allen’s 1999 interactive art installation Bush Soul (3) was pretty cool. I think her sense of the need to develop a uniquely digital aesthetic is still relevant.
We should all look more closely at Scott Fisher’s work in virtual and augmented reality and telepresence research. I especially liked the 1995 project Menagerie.
Also, the topic of artificial life was discussed, so I thought that it might be useful for you all to read a bit about Langdon’s Ants.