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June 26, 2008

Japanese media art unit Exonemo shows a new spatial installation at [plug.in] in Basel till August 24. The installation focuses on questions of digitized and symbolized death between the physical and virtual world. The audience can see, feel and hear the effects of a symbolic death in a computer game in the physical exhibition space.
Un-Dead-Link, an art installation, works to connect the different realities and blur such a boundary by relying on a pre-programmed software with electronic goods Exonemo bought in Basel. ‘We modified the game Half-Life2 by using Garry’s mod. The game is connected to the piano while all electrical goods are connected by midi/dmx (protocol) with custom devices. With that, the audience can see, feel and hear the effects of a symbolic death in a computer game in an actual physical environment, bridging the gap.’ The gallery has two contrasting spaces- the ground floor is bright and open while the basement floor is dark and closed; reflecting the two worlds in the space.
Exonemo are exhibiting another installation Object B VS in China The artwork, a modified first-person shooting game, is controlled by a player and a kinetic object made of power tools and computer input devices. The power tools are automatically operated to pushing mice, keyboards and a pen tablet that controls an avatar in the game. At the control terminal on the other side of the screen, a player can join in the networked game world. Player meets with the avatar=object and tries to fight to conquer the game world but never succeeds. The only thing player can do is try to communicate the system of the game and the real world. The exhibition runs at the National Art Museum of China until July 3.
Since 1996 exonemo have made a considerable impact in the media art world with daring, humorous and profound works. Sembo Kensuke and Yae Akaiwa reflect the growing influence of electronic media in our society and have shown, among other places, in Istanbul Biennale, The ICC and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, the Tamayo Museum in Mexico.

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