Betty Mann takes a stand
Three Interactive installations
Date: 2001

Soundlab/Cultural Alchemy Collaboration

In January 2001 in an informal discussion with Harry Delorme of the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah he mentioned the upcoming visit of Cultural Alchemy -Soundlab to the museum. I told him of a new class that Miho Aoki and I had started teaching exploring sensor based interaction and an idea was born to integrate our work with that of Soundlab/Cultural Alchemy.

Armed with the email address of Cultural Alchemy and a video of a previous performance we set about constructing the parameters and content of this collaboration. Over the web, on the phone and over the following weeks we began to construct a series of interactive stations that both worked as standalone works of interactive art as well as tangentially linking to the key issues and aesthetics of the Soundlab Project. These issues, of race and gender, life in the city and in the futuristic electronic mediascape, together with the integration of high and sub cultures became the starting points for our interactive projects.

Everyone involved in this project worked on their own individual elements but we also worked on, gave ideas for, analyzed, critiqued and critically engaged with all the other elements of this performance. It was this high level of interdependency and involvement that for me symbolize this project. It is this also I believe that allowed it to be the success that it was.

Alan Schechner writing on behalf of the faculty and students of Interactive Projects 1 & 2, May 2001.

Artists involved in this project
Miho Aoki, Amit Deshpande, Jason Je, Rahul Kulkarni, Amada Leonardo, Manop Manaslip, Deepu Ravi & Alan Schechner

Soundlab/ Cultural Alchemy are Beth Coleman, Grisha Coleman & Howard Golkrand