Weekly Roundup
BY Jess Bass — October 18, 2021

Another week of exciting curations, exhibits, and inventions! This week we offer you news ranging from a traveling confessional to a touch-screen wearable.

What is truth and what is your truth? Cause Collective, in collaboration with Hank Willis Thomas, is asking just that with their inflatable installation called The Truth Is I See You. The installation is comprised of the “Truth Booth,” a blow-up, portable confessional that has collected truths from around the globe. Always positioned in public and accessible locations, passersby have the opportunity to enter the inflated speech bubble and privately complete the statement “The truth is____.” The installation began in Ireland before traveling to Afghanistan and then on to Miami’s Art Basel. Recently, it could be found in downtown Brooklyn at the Metrotech Commons. Cause Collective has collected more than 5,000 responses, ranging from the emotional to the political. The recordings are released as video samples on the website. The goal is to eventually compile the video footage into a video installation.

Savage/Sacred Young Minds is a new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum created by Faile. The museum presents two epic installations, Temple and the Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, with actively engaging interiors encased in ruined stone architecture.  If you are in New York, this is a must-see show full of nostalgia and homages, showcasing the artist’s signature characters and imagery through programmed arcade games that tweak the classic road race, puzzle, and action challenges. These installations mix materials and ideas from comic books, sci-fi movie posters, storefront typography, American art, and more, showing the links between consumer culture, religious traditions, and the urban environment.

The Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival is a traveling showcase of the best in cinematic virtual reality. Presented by Vrideo, the tour features twenty VR films. There are animations like Tyler Hurd’s Butts, a real-time animation about love in the time of butts; Colosse, produced by Joseph Chen, a story about Great Spirits; and Mike Tucker’s Tana Pura. The festival also features impactful live-action 360-degree videos like Ryot’s The Nepal Quake Project, Christian Stephen’s Welcome to Aleppo, and Darren Emerson’s Witness 360 7/7. Check out the festival schedule to see when reality will hit your city!

Samsung announced earlier this week that they will be launching a whole new channel of 360-degree video content. It is an independent film channel for its Milk VR. Over the next few weeks, Samsung will be hosting a showcase of thirteen curated, independent, virtual-reality films, including a time-lapse of the Mohave Desert, an experiment in first-person stop-motion animation, a comedy short about teleportation, and a “virtual pet” simulator filmed at the San Diego Humane Society. Samsung plans to host Gear Indie challenges, asking filmmakers to create themed content. There is also a mentorship initiative underway pairing artists with established VR filmmakers.

Finally, Cicret Bracelet is a small wristband that turns your arm into a touch screen. The bracelet is made of a pico projector and a row of proximity sensors that point to your forearm. When activated by an Android, the phone’s interface is projected onto your arm, and the sensors allow the user to interact with the interface. Using WiFi, Bluetooth, and a Micro USB port, the device allows users to send and receive emails, browse the web, and play games.

Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!