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Melanie Clemmons: Boreal Crush Pack
26 February–27 February
Boreal Crush Pack
Opening on Sat feb 26th hr. 2 – 5pm
Also open on Sun feb 27th hr. 2 – 5pm
Gil Artist in Residence Melanie Clemmons exhibits the products of her stay.
Digital asset packs, a collection of digital files often organized around a theme, have spiked in popularity for use in video games like Fortnite and Roblox, as well as in social media and the (possibly) looming Metaverse. These ‘bundles’ or ‘packs’ contain 3D models, images, sounds and animations, among other file types. While in residency at the Gil society, Melanie Clemmons created an asset pack using photogrammetry and 3d scanning processes. Akureyri’s flora and landscapes serve as the raw material for Clemmons’ assets, however the resulting pieces are warped, contorted, crushed, and whorled, existing more as symbols of unreality than recognizable objects.
In the exhibition Boreal Crush Pack, viewers are invited to explore worlds Clemmons has created using her distorted asset pack. Works on display include interactive 3D animations, video art, and virtual and augmented reality.
All ages gleefully welcome.
Melanie Clemmons (she/they) is a new media artist interested in reimagining technology toward a more careful and sublime future. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, and consists of video, net art, installation, 3D printed sculpture and XR experiences. Clemmons toured with Pussy Riot performing visuals during their first North American tour, and has collaborated on several of their music videos.
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She has also collaborated with Zak Loyd since 2009, performing live visuals, and composing immersive video, laser, and XR installations.
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She is an assistant professor of digital/hybrid media at SMU in Dallas, TX.