Tag: perceptions


DistritoDistinto (A Musical Installation)

Music inspires a creative team of virtual artists at DistritoDistinto (Anniversary of Different District)

..Featuring work by Bryn Oh, Cica Ghost, Maya Paris, Giovanna Cerise, Betty Tureaud, Eupalinos Ugajin, Rebeca Bashly, JadeYu Fhang, Alpha Auer, and Romy Nayar. An imaginative journey of musical ekphrasis, open now through August 13 at MetaLES.


“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
― Maya Angelou

DistritoDistinto Gallery

surreal Intertwined

Surreal Exquisite C[yber]orpse

Surreal games inspiring cyber culture

A player writes a phrase on a piece of paper, covers part of it with a fold, then passes it on to the next player, who repeats the process, passing it on to another player. The final result is a surreal merge of the players collective imaginations, an Exquisite Corpse.

exquisite corpse

Initially exquisite corpses emerged as a playful game in the form of poems, and soon evolved into a continuous interchange between the poetic and the pictorial. The co-existing Dada attitude further provoked tensions between word and image, to free them from their ordinary usages.

exquisite corpse

exquisite corpse


Exquisite corpses have been roaming the internet for years..

exquisite corpse
Suffocate Fishy Shoozle. (found on corpsify.com in 2011)


..like this beautiful decade-long exquisite corpse (this is only a small segment):

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Exquisite corpses have inspired digital creativity; online experiments and Iphone apps, exquisite corpses that play with words, images, and sounds..

And then there’s that Exquisite Corpse that found its way into virtual space:

Im personally not a fan of zombie-fiction/popculture, but I’m happy to see that exquisite corpses are still alive, and slowly, quietly, more of them are coming.


▶Moving Islands

It’s a challenge to explain, with words alone, how virtual art becomes a universe of imagination that explodes around you, how such a vast universe can even exist, still contained by the small space of a computer screen. It’s not much easier to express with images, as they too lose layers of experience and complexity.

Sometimes that loss can never be compensated. Sometimes, it inspires a unique poetic vision. Eupalinos Ugajin presents perspectives of virtual creativity, where sights, sounds, space, and emotion intertwine. Moving Islands is a wonderland, in film, about a wonderland in space. A project by Eupalinos Ugajin.

Handhelds (dolls, not devices)

You Say Potato

This is Awkward Potahto. He enjoys funny memes, but tends to overthink things, and usually realizes what he would have liked to say, after he realizes he didn’t quite say it. But in retrospect, he realizes everyone has their awkward moments.


▶ Pas De Deux

Less an object than an event, the digital text emerges as a dance between artificial and human intelligences, machine and natural languages, as these evolve together through time. -Katherine Hayles

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Some images flicker.


Like a never-ending disappearing act, they flicker, switching appearance over and over again, depending on how we perceive them.

Scott Kim’s True/False ambigram is one illusion that plays with the viewer’s perception. While there is a constant conflict between literal meanings, visually, neither can exist without the other, eternally embedded within the same structure.

Ambigram by Scott Kim
True is embedded within false. False always contains True. Ambigram by Scott Kim

True is embedded within false. False always contains True. Metapictures thrive on such paradoxes.

If the illusion of these images depends on how we look at them, and the multistable shift of visual and verbal meanings occurs within our own minds, than maybe they are watching us too, watching us as we realize we are just as unstable and ever-shifting. And sometimes, we flicker.


▶ Kin-Dza-Dza

The vast desert landscape of Kin Dza Dza! (1986) perfectly symbolizes what this film offers; a minimalistic presentation with a complexity of layers hidden beneath the surface. Absurdity, melancholy, and thoughtful symbolism come together in this unique work. Watch with English subtitles on Youtube:

Part 1: http://youtu.be/I47CNxwlt9U

Part 2: http://youtu.be/eti9Qn4bZDg


ceci n'est pas une pipe ©rene magritte Paper

The Metapicture

W.J.T. Mitchell explores how images provoke their own self-analysis, creating a dialogue within the image itself. He calls this unique type of image “metapictures.” Metapictures refer to their own making, they are self-reflective as they attempt to understand themselves.Matroska ©cybertwigs.com

“Pictures reveal and know themselves, where they reflect on the intersections of visuality, language, and similitude, where they engage in speculation on their nature and history” -W.J.T Mitchell

Self-reflexivity thrives through self-nesting recursive structures, commonly related to “russian dolls,” where one element is nested within another layer of its same form. In other cases, to be self-reflexive is to draw in the viewer to question the structure of the image. In effect, our experiences as viewers often become an extension of that structure. Metapictures elicit a double vision between language and visual experience; they interrogate the authority of language over image. In Ren Magritte’s The Treachery of Images, the relationship between the visual and the verbal is inseparable; without acknowledging the visible element of the picture the text itself also disappears with it, denying it the ability to negate the image in the first place. The beauty of a metapicture is its unfaltering curiosity and playfulness towards perception.

ceci n'est pas une pipe by Rene Magritte

“If I had written ‘this is a pipe’ under my picture, I would have been lying!”

-Rene Magritte