29 Rooms at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco. A lot of visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation that sparked interest on modern-day relevant social phenomena thru interactive art / installations.
Personal favorites were:
1. What’s Your Frequency - a simulation of what it feels like to be in a room surrounded by surveillance cameras. Society is watching, would you let them control you?
2. Cosmoramarama - Facade was covered in flat linear doodles then you wear VR googles and all of a sudden you are transported inside a painting. 360-view of inks, paints, and shapes accompanied by high def music, which changes as you move, can make you lose sense of reality. An experience close to an alternate universe. I see the possibility of people getting hooked on the AR / VR world making the actual world even more mundane with the rise of this technology. That industry may be on a turtle-speed sales progress, but after that experience, I’d totally get my own glasses.
3. Two Faced - talk about intricacy thru micro plastic strings that made an installation the size of a studio room, forming an image of a face, which splits into two at certain angles. Reinforced my thoughts on the importance of good lighting whenever cos that piece was shimmering! But on a serious note, it goes the same way for humans. Which angle do you show your truest selves most? How many faces do you have? Which face do others see when the light hits your face?
4. The Womb - a meditation room all covered in red with comfy foam mattress where you wear noise-cancelling headphones and listen to the voice of a woman a la Scarlett Johanson in the movie “Her” as she brings you back to how it might feel to be inside your mother’s womb. A few moments later you will be lulled in a state of tranquility. Caitlin is a testament. She fell asleep.
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