Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The coolest museum on your computer

Posted By on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 11:13 AM

While tooling around on the New York Times website yesterday, I stumbled on this: adobemuseum.com.

It's the Adobe Museum of Digital Media, an online-only art gallery with breathtaking graphics centered on a stunning digital museum shaped like giant plant fronds covered in scales. It all takes place in a futuristic world with glowing mechanical eyeballs that float around like molecules, guiding you through the site.

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For the art itself, it's an interactive exhibit called Valley, created by Tony Oursler and curated by Tom Eccles. Each icon you click calls up a new work, which is simple in construction but complex in that each one challenges our relationship with modern technology (see: "Uncanny Valley," "Utopian Zone" and "People Search")

The exhibit menu.
  • The exhibit "menu."

Language A
  • "Language A"

Click on a pair of lips in each work and a question or comment pops up:

From Language A
  • From "Language A"

In an interview on the site, Oursler says he also plays with idea of space in his show, a fascinating concept given that it exists in a non-place, a series of computers.

Play with this, it's extremely interactive; there are applications that link to your webcam, and something as simple as changing windows or tabs will affect the piece. But be warned, I work on a pretty fast machine, so beware loading this on something older or slower.

Starting Dec. 2, Mariko Mori of Japan will exhibit Primal Rhythm and in Spring 2011, a show by John Maeda.

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