Many know that one of my great concerns is the conservation and preservation of virtual art, and incredibly complex problem for this rather ephemeral medium. I’ve written about it a bit, and it is something I hope to work on with other like-minded denizens in the future. As it remains, however, the current best practice is to document through image, text, and the wonderful new art of machinima.
This is why I am so pleased to share with you that A Rusted Development, the exhibit I have curated at LEA 1, has already been archived in this manner, and it hasn’t even been open a week!
Truth be told, I am responsible for part of this – along with my accomplice, PJ Trenton, we have created an exhibition catalogue which can be read (and downloaded for free) online. There is also an inworld Thinc book version which can be grabbed – again for free – at kiosks at the exhibit. The text simply tells you a little about the background of the exhibit and the artists involved, but it is a gorgeous design and layout by PJ. Whether viewing it on a work break, or grabbing one for your virtual coffee table, I know it will be enjoyed!
I am equally excited to tell you that the talented Chic Aeon has already made a machinima of the exhibit! It was a complete surprise to me, but explains why I saw Chic on my radar for quite a while this weekend. It is a short but beautiful film which captures not just the artwork, but the entire spirit of the exhibit:
It was my hope that A Rusted Development would express the possibility of hope in the aftermath of catastrophe. I think the exhibit is a huge success in this regard, with each artist offering their own thoughts on this notion in their work. Through her machinima, Chic has added her own layer to this exhibit, taking inspiration from the artwork and writing her own story. For me, Chic has just joined us in this endeavour, and for me has become another of the Rusted Artists, and with her permission, I will be adding this media to the exhibit. Thank you Chic!
A Rusted Development will be up through the end of June. Please watch this space for further announcements of events.