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New Net Installation
by Shu Lea Cheang, June 22-July 29, 2001
"Baby Play" premiers at NTT/InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo
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To participate in "Baby Play," please visit:
"Baby Play" interlinks a large-scale foosball field ("Baby Play" is derived from the French name for foosball, "baby foot") with the Net as a ME-motion (memory-emotion) playing field. "Baby Play" is installation 1.0 of Cheang's "Locker Baby" project (2001-2002), which features three Net installations based on a fictional scenario set in the year 2030. Produced by the Dolly Polly Transgency (DPT) with genes extracted from deep sea pearls, the clone generation of Locker Babies are born out of Tokyo coin lockers and entrusted to retrieve our collective deposits of ME-motion data on the Net.
"Baby Play" is comprised of an immense foosball playing field (15m x 7.5m), 22 inflatable designer locker babies (140cm in height), 8 playing rods (5m in length), a large-scale projection and a "Baby Play" website. As local gallery participants engage in a game of foosball, the image of the ball bouncing in the actual playing field is sent to the ME-motion virtual field on the Net. The movement of the ball in the actual playing field is tracked by 36 touch sensors and sent to the "Baby Play" website where the virtual moving ball retrieves sound and text files as ME-motion data. The public is invited to utilize the 36 virtual lockers for data deposit and to play ball on the Net.
Cheang, recognized internationally as one of the leading artists creating works
that link physical and online spaces, has previously exhibited at two Whitney
Biennials, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Taipei Biennale 2000, Walker
Art Center, Minneapolis; ICC Biennale 1997, InterCommunication Center [ICC],
Tokyo, and created the Guggenheim Museum's first web based art project, entitled"Brandon."
Baby Play is curated by Hisanori Gogota at NTT[ICC]. For further information
contact: Hisanori Gogota <firstname.lastname@example.org>
or Julia Friedman