The work of Alex M. Lee, assistant professor in Digital Arts & Sciences, will be featured in an upcoming online group exhibition. His two-channel 3D animation, Lucid Dreaming, has been selected to be part of the “Empty Vessels || Vulnerable Bodies” online group exhibition as part of the Wrong Biennale, which opens November 1st. Curated by Doreen Rios, it is a survey of artists who utilize digital tools and software as a response to the emptiness of the virtual avatar. This project will also have a physical exhibition on ARTHOUSENT gallery (Toluca, Mexico) during the Presente Perfecto Festival November 14-18.
Lee will also debut Project H.E.A.R.T, a virtual reality project made in collaboration with Canadian artist Erin Gee as part of the Worldbuilding exhibition at Trinity Square Video in Toronto, Canada. Curated by John G. Hampton and Maiko Tanaka, Worldbuilding is a group exhibition of virtual reality projects in which selected artists were invited to respond to the philosophical, ethical, and physical conditions of ‘the virtual’ by creating new work using VR technology.
Project H.E.A.R.T. (Holographic, Empathy, Attack, Robotics Team), is a twist on the archetypical first-person shooter war game, where the player controls a cheerleading holographic pop star that is controlled by the player’s emotions. The aim is to boost the morale of her military allies. Success is measured by the player’s ability to communicate positive emotional states via a specially designed bio-feedback device. The reward is to fight another day. Inspired by Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto, this project reconfigures the virtual distance that military gaming and pop cultural fame is built on by re-entagling the body, technology, and political agency. This project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, with additional production support provided by AMD. A selection of Clarkson Digital Arts & Sciences students assisted in aspects of the production process. More information on Worldbuilding can be found here.
Worldbuilding opens at Trinity Square Video in Toronto November 3rd and runs through December 9th.