Sunday, July 31, 2016

Extra Event - LACMA

The collections in LACMA is majorly paintings and modern arts (which includes weird furniture, sculptures, a white board on the wall claiming to be a meaningful art piece, etc.) and it seemed not having much to do with the topic Art + Technology. However, there is a special exhibition, called The Hyundai Project: Art + Technology at LACMA which perfectly fits with our topic.

It contains several sub-projects: one is the famous rain room, which requires extra ticket and reservation so I didn't get in. But here is an online video for introduction

"Rain Room" is an elaborate art installation that allows visitors to walk through a simulated downpour, and visitors will not get wet. LACMA states that
Random International’s Rain Room (2012) is an immersive environment of perpetually falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected. The installation offers visitors an opportunity to experience what is seemingly impossible: the ability to control rain. Rain Room presents a respite from everyday life and an opportunity for sensory reflection within a responsive relationship.
Another project is an art work by Robert Irwin, the Miracle Mile.  It is a linear configuration composed of 66 fluorescent tubes, a low pressure mercury-vapor gas-discharge lamp that uses fluorescence to produce visible light, which has many colors due to different gas in each tube. According to LACMA,
With Miracle Mile, Irwin reconsiders the properties of light, material, and color. The site-specific work subtly plays with the architecture in which it is housed and responds to both Wilshire Boulevard (the storied thoroughfare it faces) and Primal Palm Garden (an outdoor installation created by Irwin in 2008)

There are also other collections that uses florescence light 

 which is funny because the most famous and popular part of LACMA, the light poles in the front door, also use florescence light bulbs

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