The Dia Art Foundation launched Rehearsal last night which is a web-based project by artist Liliana Porter. The Dia is involved with an ongoing series of online works.
We came to this event through someone we met that has been working with Josh, teaching him to write code, etc. Pravin Sathe has been not only great with Josh but has opened us to be world of computer based projects that he has worked and is working with. Rehearsal is one of them. Him and his Mom (Smita Sathe) wrote the software for this project. That alone is quite cool.
The concept was small chicks that were tiny toys stood next to each other, with hair blowing, and sang in chorus to La donna e mobile from Verdi's opera Rigoletto. But when you click on each individual chick, the computer highlights that chick and it sings a solo. This picture was the computer image highlighted up on a screen. As you played with the computer, the audience could watch the screen.
There was a little boy there, maybe 3. He told me which chick he liked the best because he liked the drums. Drums was his favorite instrument. The exhibit, atlhough simple looking, was pretty cool. Interactive with the viewer and the chicks being interactive with each other through music.
It will be interesting as the years pass how artist continue to use software as a medium to explore art.
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