Memory Arena

"Memory Arena" (1999) is an interactive installation and AiR project by Ulrike and David Gabriel.

Memory Arena

Memory Arena; photo: Jan Sprij

playing around the sharp line that divides sensuality and sense -

( three users are simultaneously connected through the same virtual space. they create and position attractors in space and connect them to clusters of meanings. these memory phantoms - autonomous audio-visual-textual objects - behave in response to the user's participation and behaviour )

- memory phantoms flicker between the sensuality of their visuals and the sense of their textual associations. one-sided approach creates non sense: viewing triggers their growth up to a visual overflow, reading to a textual excess -

the balance in between the two extremes remains poetic

 

The installation Memory Arena, by Ulrike and David Gabriel, is an interactive environment in which several users are simultaneously connected through the same virtual space. Large image projections and a complex sound environment offer the visitor a rich audio-visual experience. Interacting through different interfaces for text, image and gestural manipulation, the users create and position attractors in the shared virtual space and connect them to clusters of meanings. These memory phantoms - autonomous audio-visual-textual objects - behave in response to the user's participation and behavior, continuously generating new and unpredictable shapes and configurations.

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