We are building a walk-in interactive installation, in which the users become performers/investigators/observers. Our team will walk/talk interested spectators through the arrangement, sharing stories of making, shaping and faking. Our multi-media installation is inspired by the Chinese-French multi-disciplinary artist Gao Xingjian and his play “Between Life and Death” (1991). French: “Au Bord de la Vie”. Chinese: “生死界“.
Gao considers this play one of his Chan-Buddhist plays (in English often referred to as Zen play).
Installation users/participants can explore aspects of time, space, energy, numbers, absurdity (koan), and endless beginnings/vanishings when engaging with two distinct but intersecting interfaces, both of which play with aspects of disappearing and reappearing technology, visual histories, and sound. Seeds of the grass species Oryza sativa or Oryza glaberrima, commonly known as rice, also feature prominently.
The questions we often ask start with “what if”? With this approach we question “as if” modes of storytelling/dramaturgy/interactive design and offer critical playful alternatives for open and curious minds and bodies.