August 15, 2007
You don’t realize it, but while you’ve been innocently building Tesla coils and general infantry, Grand Text Auto has been in ur museum installing ur art.
Starting October 4, 2007, the Beall Center for Art + Technology at the University of California, Irvine will be multiplied by 256 and divided by zero. And besides that, the Beall Center will host the exhibition Grand Text Auto, featuring work by the six of us: Noah Wardrip-Fruin / Mary Flanagan / Michael Mateas / Andrew Stern / Nick Montfort / Scott Rettberg.
There have a been a few blog-to-book transfers, but this exhibit and the associated events are, as far as we know, the first time blog has had such a manifestation in the physical space of an art gallery.
Noah’s Screen, developed in collaboration with Josh Carroll, Robert Coover, Shawn Greenlee, Andrew McClain, and Ben (“Sascha”) Shine will be there for you to experience in 3D splendor. Mary’s [giantJoystick], a ten-foot-tall Atari joystick, will make its United States debut and provide massive multi-player fun.
Michael and Andrew will not only be showing their Façade – they will be providing us with an AR (augmented reality) version of this interactive drama. The exhibit will also include some Petz and Babyz (Andrew et al.), photos and stickers from Implementation (Scott & myself), some interactive fictions (me again), and the famously funny collaborative hypertext The Unknown (Scott et al.).
The exhibit will be the first time that a 3D version of Screen and the AR version of Façade have been seen outside research labs.
It’s planned that the performance on October 5 will include a screening of Terminal Time (by Steffi Domike, Michael, and Paul Vanouse) along with a reunion reading of The Unknown, which will include Scott and his co-authors William Gillespie and Dirk Stratton.
We’ll be providing more information as the show is assembled, but we hope those of you who can make it will mark your calendars now. The show runs from the October 4 opening reception until December 15, with a symposium on the afternoon of October 5 and the performances that evening. Hope you see you in Irvine!