By Laurie Anderson
La Camera Insabbiata is a virtual reality work by Hsin-Chien Huang and myself in which the reader flies through an enormous structure made of words, drawings and stories. Once you enter you are free to roam and fly. Words sail through the air as emails. They fall into dust. They form and reform.
We made a world that is antithetical to the brightly lit gaming world of most VR. Everything is handdrawn, dusty and dark. Initially it was installed at Mass MoCA in western Massachusetts. At the Venice Film Festival where it won “Best VR Experience” La Camera Insabbiata was installed in a cabana painted with images from the piece to reflect the beach ambience of the festival.
There are several rooms in La Camera Insabbiata including The Dog Room-a 3D-abstracted take on a drawing from my Lolabelle in the Bardo charcoal series; The Water Room, a surreal scene taking place in a flooded, ceramic-tiled room; The Anagram Room an interactive visualization; The Sound Room, a creative space where the user records audio that becomes represented by 3D virtual objects; The Tree Room allows you to fly around an enormous tree that has several stories to tell; The Writing Room, allows words to flow out of physical gestures.
Laurie Anderson + Hsin-Chien Huang | La Camera Inssabiata
Virtual Reality(VR), VR-Headsets, Handheld device, computer, VR interactive imagery | 15min | 2016