experimental media art


In spring of 1955 Walt Disney aired an episode of its Disneyland series titled Man in Space. The program featured animations depicting the future of space exploration and commentary from a range of notable experts in the burgeoning field of space exploration. Most notable among them was Wernher Von Braun, the German born rocket scientist and astronautics engineer who is widely credited as the father of the American space program. A little over a decade before Man in Space first aired Von Braun was busy constructing the V-2 rocket for the Nazis. While the V-2 was not deployed until the last days of the war, it still managed to kill over 7,000 military personel and civilians as well as 20,000 labor camp workers who died while constructing the rockets.

Umbra is an exploration of the duality of light and dark, both in terms of observable phenomena as well as moral constructs. Through the use of special infrared flashlights, participants become investigators whose interventions reveal an otherwise invisible layer of imagery beneath a seemingly benign surface. As is often the case, what is revealed by the light of inquiry is often much darker than what the surface would have us believe. This duality of light-fiction and dark-truth represents the fundamental core of Umbra.

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