What can we learn about our world by traversing a virtual one?
Artists Krista Hoefle and Joe Meiser utilized digital methods to either draw audiences through the screen or extract objects and sculptures from it. With virtual landscapes, 3-D modeling and printing, gaming structures, and interactive components, we asked audiences to reflect on our own humanity by looking through the porthole that today’s technology opens for all of us.
Installation view, LVL-UP!, 2016.. Participants help me videogame "farm" (engaging in repetitive tasks in order to level up) in physical space. We fab + decorate papercraft gems. These farming sessions were live-streamed on the e-sports website twitch.tv.
1-minute edit of a live-stream, LVL-UP! 2016. Participants decorate gems at the installation's work table, and then send their gems down the 17ft. conveyor belt. Gems are added to the ever-growing pile, and participants earn +1 spirit!
Installation view, LVL-UP! 2016. 17 ft. wooden conveyor belt, quilted belt, gem pile. Sound component (amplifier on right) played a "level up" sound as gems were added to the pile.
Conveyor belt component, LVL-UP! 2016. 17ft. conveyor belt (wood, steel base), quilted belt, knitted handle cozies.
Detail of gem pile, LVL-UP! 2016. Screenprint on paper gems, custom stickers, washi tape, other art materials, braided rug. 84 in. in diameter.
Installation view, Screen Between, 2016. (pictured left) You Are In A Maze... (pictured right) Choose Your Own Adventure.
Choose Your Own Adventure, 2016. An interactive machinima. Participants could activate my World of Warcraft character--a goblin named Kryzzik--sending her on 1 of 6 adventures (fishing, flying, bothering some NPCs, running through a dungeon, and hanging out with 100 other characters in a public square).
Choose Your Own Adventure, 2016. Quilted game board, custom built game controllers, speaker, projection system, video controller.
Choose Your Own Adventure, 2016. Participants could send my World of Warcraft goblin mage character Kryzzik on an adventure with the push of a button. This video played on a loop, featuring Kryzzik patiently waiting to be activated.
Detail of game controllers, Choose Your Own Adventure, 2016. Casting foam, epoxy putty, electronics.
You Are In a Maze of Twisty Little Passages, 2016. The exhibition installation reflected the title of this quilt, You Are In a Maze of Twisty Little Passages. Cotton, hand and machine quilted. 72 in. x 65 in.
Detail, You are in a Maze... 2016. Cotton, hand and machine quilted.
Installation view, Screen Between, 2016.
Hidden Location I and II, 2016. Digital print on birch plywood. 20 in. x 20 in.
Hidden Location I, 2016. Digital print on birch plywood. 20 in. x 20 in. (the approximate size of a video arcade game screen).
Installation view, Screen Between, 2016. (pictured forground) Otherkin: Goblin and Otherkin: Gnome. (pictured background) This is a Wondrous Item.
Otherkin: Gnomekin, 2016. World of Warcraft character extracted from game environment. Screenprint on paper, resin, wood plinth. 28 in. x 16 in. x 10 in.
This is a Wondrous Item, 2015. Wondrous Items are special magic-based objects from Dungeons and Dragons. Cotton, machine quilted. 50 in. x 63 in.
Otherkin: Goblinkin and Otherkin: Gnomekin, 2016. The Otherkin sculptures became photo ops for museum visitors (pictured are Eli Kahn and Arthur Schroeder from awesome band After Ours)!
Otherkin: Goblinkin and Otherkin: Gnomekin, 2016. The Otherkin sculptures became photo ops for museum visitors!