The Digital Media/Electronic Arts Program of California State University, Chico is pleased to present chico.art.net 2010. This year’s theme centers around the stimulation points within the brain. Five works were selected from an international call for entries. Each work expresses the functions of a different brain lobe/area.
David Clark and Marina Roy’s project, “Sign After the X,” relates to the Frontal lobe and higher thinking. As a digital extension of Marina Roy¹s book: “Sign after the X______”, this encyclopedic website features many interactive animated collages and voiceovers that focus on the letter X while correlating historical concepts and characters in relation to our contemporary digital world. Appealing to the higher thinking functions of the Frontal Lobe, it explores concepts of mind, body, language, land, and law in a historical and informative way, while still being inventive, innovative, and inviting.
PJ Moskal’s project, “Digital Sculptures for Analog Sounds,” pertains to the Parietal Lobe which integrates sensory information from a variety of sources, as is where the body map resides. Inspired by analog sound artists of the Warsaw Electronic Festival, the work strives to engross its audience with a series of interactive audio-visual environments that reassesses our perceptions of space. Parietal Lobe stimulating, these digital sculptures capture your consciousness and immerse you in a world of dynamic sculpture.
Mikko Lautamo’s work, “Brain,” relates to the Temporal Lobe where the sense of hearing originates. Utilizing an incoherent soundscape, this work resembles the complex mechanism of a neural network, making connections and firing electronic energy back and forth through circular shapes. This interactive work requires moving the mouse to propel colorful and audible chain reactions, resonating in your Temporal Lobe with a neuron firing fury.
Tamar Schori and Oded Perry’s “CycleScope” relates to the Occipital Lobe: the vision center. CycleScope is a mechanism and interactive work that allows the viewer to match up words and images to create kaleidoscopic concoctions, which also contributes to the project’s local database. This visually stimulating work is a feast for your Occipital Lobe, demonstrating subtle beauty through repetition.
Serge Bouchardon and Vincent Volckaert’s “Loss of Grasp” relates to the Midbrain on the Brainstem, the most basic structure of the brain that is preliminary to the rest of the functions. The work consists of six scenes that examine the notions of grasp and control while simultaneously mirroring the viewer¹s experience of an interactive digital work. Playing with the idea of one’s grasp on reality, the work delves into the more primal notions of life, that which is associated with the Midbrain and Brainstem. The work requires a webcam for the fifth scene.
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