Saturday, December 17, 2005

MORI - An Internet-based Earthwork at the Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA USA

I stopped by the Arlington Arts Center today.
I still love Arlington even with the disneyesk fabricated Americana retail district that has developed in the heart of the old city. I hope they keep some of their charming small businesses...but that's another story.

Today, I was on a mission to see the exhibition, MORI! I wanted to hear the groan of the Hayward Fault, to hear the earth body moving, heaving and sending out sounds. I wasn't disappointed in sound or imagination. Who knew a slightly lit, subtle theatric web concept could conjure up so much symbolism! I was in the darkness alone - me, the subtle seismic light graph and the earth groaning sounds for a moment in time. Eerie, spacey and connected.

MORI - An Internet-based Earthwork by Ken Goldberg, Randall Packer, Gregory Kuhn and Wojciech Matusik.

MORI is an internet-based earthwork that engages the earth as a living medium. In this installation, minute movements of the Hayward Fault in California are detected by a seismograph, converted to digital signals, and transmitted continuously via the Internet to the installation.

Visitors follow a fiber-optic cable to the center of the resonating enclosure where a portal through the floor frames the installation's focal point. The live seismic data stream drives an embedded visual display (an "earth drawing"?) and immersive low-frequency sounds, which echo the unpredictable fluctuations of the earth's movement. The title links the Japanese term for "forest-sanctuary" with the Latin "reminder of mortality." In MORI, the immediacy of the telematic embrace between earth and visitor questions the authenticity of mediated experience in the context of chance, human fragility, and geological endurance. For more information go to Zakros or

Also of note exhibited as part of Drawing: Tradition & Innovation
on the Main Floor, Chairman's Gallery
Stephanie Lanes's drawings that look 3 Dimensional
and Richard Dana's "Narrator" charcoal on paper

and on the Lower Level in the Truland Experimental Gallery
two installations;

SOLO EXHIBITION: Brece Honeycutt, Works on Paper and Sculpture
COLLABORATION: Maria Anasazi and Zoe Leoudaki, Tell Me More Stories, an Installation.

Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22201
(703) 248-6800

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