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Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang

Laurie Anderson, b. 1947, Illinois, USA. Lives and works in New York, USA
Hsin-Chien Huang, b. 1966, Taipei, Taiwan. Lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan

La camera insabbiata (The Chalkroom), 2017

Virtual reality (VR) installation
Dimensions variable
Collection of the Artists

La camera insabbiata (The Chalkroom) takes the audience on an exploratory journey through a labyrinth of collective memories. Fragments of language and sound entangle in this space – giant blackboards filled with writings and drawings abound, or a simple noise morphs to become a sculpture. Hsin-Chien Huang maps a route towards a sense of disembodiment, and the audience has to choose which direction to fly towards, under the guidance of Laurie Anderson’s voice. Losing the connection to immediate reality, the visitor is encouraged to embrace an experience of isolation instead, one that restores the imaginative self. The work won the Best VR Experience Award at the 74thVenice Film Festival in 2017.

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Laurie Anderson (b. 1947, Illinois, USA) is regarded as one of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers. Known primarily for her multi-media presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist and instrumentalist. Laurie Anderson’s visual work has been presented in major museums throughout the United States and Europe. In 2003, the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon produced a touring retrospective of her work, entitled ‘The Record of the Time: Sound in the Work of Laurie Anderson.’ In 2008, the Museum of Modern Art acquired her Self-Playing Violin which was featured in the ‘Making Music’ exhibition in 2008.  She lives and works in New York, USA. 

Hsin-Chien Huang (b. 1966, Taipei, Taiwan) is a new media practitioner who explores cutting-edge technologies in art, literature, design and stage performance. His projects often involve large-scale interaction, performing, mechanical apparatus, algorithmic computations and video installations. Huang began in the electronic entertainment industry and embarked on a career in new media art when he returned from the United States to Taipei in 2001. His projects include collaborations with Laurie Anderson on her interactive projects ‘Puppet Motel’ and ‘Here.’ His works have been exhibited in the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Venice Biennale, MoMA, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark) and Shanghai Biennale, amongst others. He lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan.