Christopher Manzione, Seth Cluett, and Ricky Graham
To Notice and Remember, 2016
VR experience for Oculus Rift
This project was made in collaboration with Seth Cluett and Ricky Graham by using virtual reality technology and a custom ambisonic spatial audio system to immerse viewers in an uncanny 3D environment. By using sophisticated LIDAR technology and 360° audio recording equipment, this group captured a site in New Jersey to create a virtual reality experience that sonically guides the viewer into a serene, enveloping space. However, the recording from the scanner by Manzione is purposefully incomplete and fractured. Cluett and Graham then re-fill the space left over from the imprecision of the scan with ambient swells and flourishes. Recombined in virtual reality, the original recorded visual data represents a fleeting memory, while the aural interpretations act as an attempt to regain what was lost. Where Paul Virilio would suggest that the virtual “window” or “teleport” would create a sensation of “no more delay” or “no more relief,” this piece instead offers a contemplative manifestation of how we try to hold on to lingering impressions.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Christopher Manzione is currently Assistant Professor in Visual Arts and Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology. He earned his M.F.A. from Rutgers University in 2009. He is founder and director of the Virtual Public Art Project, an organization that uses Augmented Reality to produce original artist works in public space. Manzione most recently curated Space Between the Skies (2016) which employed the power of new simulation-based technologies to remember rather than forget. In addition he was a 2014 Fellowship through Franconia Sculpture, a 2013 Fellow for New Jersey State Council on the Arts, artist-in-residence at William Paterson University’s Center for Computer Art and Animation (2011), Socrates Sculpture Park (Emerging Artist Fellowship, 2010), Vermont Studio Center (Full Fellowship, 2009), Anderson Ranch Arts Center (2009). He has shown nationally and internationally at venues such as the Boston ICA, Abington Arts Center, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, the Surry Hills Festival in Melbourne, and Gurzenich Koln Museum in Cologne.
Seth Cluett is an American artist whose work includes installation, concert music, performance, photography, and critical writing. His "subtle...seductive, immersive" (Artforum) work has been characterized as "rigorously focused and full of detail" (e/i) and "dramatic, powerful, and at one with nature" (The Wire). The recipient of awards from Meet the Composer, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant his work has been presented internationally at venues such as the Palais de Tokyo, the Whitney Museum, MoMA PS1, STEIM, Apexart, and Eyebeam. He has published writings with Tacet Revue, Leonardo Music Journal, and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and his creative work is documented on the Line Imprint and Errant Bodies Press as well as Sedimental and Winds Measure Recordings. In the fall of 2015 he joined the faculty of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken where he is jointly appointed in the programs in Visual Arts & Technology and Music & Technology.
If you are interested in exhibiting or viewing this artistic VR experience, please send an email to us.