Don’t miss this event if you are in the area! Excellent group of people at IEEE GEM. I will be presenting Carboflora from June 19th-22nd at IEEE GEM 2019 hosted at the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media at Yale University. Thanks to Nicholas O’Brien and Justin Berry who are managing the exhibition part of this fantastic event.
Carboflora is a virtual environment is populated by plants that echo the Earth’s flora from hundreds of millions of years ago, specifically, the plants of the Carboniferous period that now constitute coal fields. Carboflora environment is connected to tracking the quantities of harmful particles in the atmosphere. Its levels are reflected in the way plants inhabit the virtual system. Plants as a sort of timeless ur-forms echo the past and possible future.
GEM 2019, hosted this year by Yale University includes a new platform for the exhibition of performances, artworks, and experiences that utilize emerging fields of Motion Capture, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality with a particular emphasis on pedagogy in these areas.
Carboflora is, among many things, inspired by Esther Leslie’s book Synthetic Worlds and her brilliant sentences like this one: “Coal deposits, shiny black, have locked inside them a previous world of life, and all its colours. Coal is the primal material out of which imitations of nature, based on carbon, can be made. Coal is the beginning of everything.“