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La Camera Inssabiata
Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM), in this November, presents La Camera Inssabiata at Outdoor Plaza. This virtual reality work, collaborated by American avant-garde musical artist Laurie Anderson and Taiwanese new media artist Huang Hsin-Chien and, is evolved and expanded from Chalkroom exhibited at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art this past spring. The edition to be on view at TFAM will be the first time La Camera Inssabiata is shown after awarded Best VR Experience at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. La Camera Inssabiata will offer the virtual thinking space that surpasses thoughts, deconstructs words and overturns dreams to the audience this winter.
La Camera Inssabiata stands at Outdoor Plaza like a dark container. It includes a VR space for four participants. For the virtual journey, participants can travel through eight rooms, including The Cloud Room, The Anagram Room, The Dog Room, The Water Room, The Sound Room, The Dance Room, The Writing Room, and The Tree Room. Surrounded by murmurs by Laurie Anderson in the background, viewers will wander through story clusters, leap across otherworldly and dreamy rooms, as well as fall through layers of signals and numbers. VR goggles are hanged in the space, with control handles on handrail, enabling the participants an experience that will give all of their senses to technology facilitation. For 15 minutes, viewers will navigate with their handles in panoramic corridors, halls, and eight rooms, made of blackboards, chalks, handwritten signals and numbers. Landscapes in panoramic space breaks through reasonable, gravitational, and spatial logics, and separates from reality. Everyone can sculpture personal, intimate and unique works with voices and sounds, or quietly observe lines and colors to sprawl and extend.
Unlike the usual mission-based VR interactive structure, La Camera Inssabiata creates exclusive worlds based on personal experiences and memories. For the exhibition, Laurie Anderson will recreate site-specific painting inside the installation at the opening day. Huang mentions in his statement that “VR offers possibilities for full liberation. ‘Imagination is the only limitation’”. La Camera Inssabiata will bring intimate, exclusive and tranquil experiences in abstract and unconventional ways.