The virtual reality work, CHALKROOM, co-created by American avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson and Taiwanese new media artist Hsin-Chien Huang, will make its New York premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival from April 20 through 28. Expanded from previous piece initially installed at Mass MoCA, CHALKROOM was selected for the 74th Venice Film Festival and won the Best VR Experience Award under its Italian title La Camera Insabbiata.
CHALKROOM consists of eight rooms in which the viewer flies through an enormous structure made of words, drawings, and stories. Inside the experience, the viewer is free to roam and fly, while words sail through the air like emails, fall into dust, and form and reform. “VR and the ‘new media’ we talked about in the past are greatly different,” says Hsin-Chien Huang, the new media creator with backgrounds in art, design, engineer and digital entertainment. “VR releases all energy hidden within the possibilities, and in a world created by VR, imagination is the only limitation.”
This boundary-pushing work has challenged the moviegoing experience and will be featured at various festivals including Tribeca Film Festival that recognizes VR as new art forms and has its immersive Storycapes and Visual Arcades programs to explore interactive storytelling. This year’s lineup includes 21 world premiere virtual and augmented exhibits, and five Storyscapes experiences in competition, running April 20-28 in the Tribeca Festival Hub located at Spring Studios. Visit tribecafilm.com/immersive for more information.
Exhibition Tour Information:
March 27 - August 12
Phi Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada.
April 20- April 28
Tribeca Film Festival, New York, U.S.
June 14-17, June 20-24
Dark MoFo festival in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia