Experience the World's Best VR Artwork in Taipei

La Camera Insabbiata installation | © Taipei Fine Arts Museum
La Camera Insabbiata installation | © Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Photo of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor21 December 2017

The acclaimed American artist Laurie Anderson and Taiwanese new media artist Hsin-Chien Huang have joined forces to create La Camera Insabbiata, an eight-room VR experience at Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) that recently won Best VR Experience Award at the 74th Venice Film Festival.

Virtual Reality has been infiltrating the art experience at galleries and museums for a couple of years. But now, as the technology develops to such a level of sophistication, VR is becoming a permanent fixture in the landscape of art. Anish Kapoor has recently tried his hand at creating his first VR work and the Royal Academy of Arts in London are currently showing a selection of VR works in conjunction with their From Life exhibition.

La Camera Insabbiata installation | © Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Expanding on her virtual reality experience, Chalkroom, that is currently on view at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the celebrated multi-media artist Laurie Anderson and co-creator Hsin-Chien Huang present La Camera Insabbiata, a multi-sensory experience for four participants.

Inside a black cube that stands at TFAM’s Outdoor Plaza waits a virtual journey in which you will travel through eight rooms, including The Cloud Room, The Anagram Room, The Dog Room, The Water Room, The Sound Room, The Dance Room, The Writing Room, and The Tree Room.

La Camera Insabbiata | © Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Any sense of reason, spatial awareness and gravitational reality will be lost as you give yourself over completely to the virtual technology.

‘VR offers possibilities for full liberation. “Imagination is the only limitation” ’ said Huang of the work, that although collective in attendance is actually personal, allowing each participant to have an intimate and unique experience.

The Tree Room of La Camera Insabbiata | © Taipei Fine Arts Museum
The Dance Room of La Camera Insabbiata | © Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Aided by VR goggles and control handles, for fifteen minutes you can navigate through condensed and expanded architectural spaces that immerse you in a world of deconstructed words and fractured stories, which is accompanied by an ethereal electronic audio composition, narrated with Anderson’s voice.

Echoing the actual room that Anderson scrawled white chalk drawings onto, you’ll quite literally enter into a universe of transient language where you can create a sculpture and fly as if in a dream.

Laurie Anderson | © Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Be advised, due to the capacity restraints, online booking is essential for the free exhibition. Registration will open every Monday at 10am for the following week. Visitors are to arrive five minutes before their allocated time otherwise they will loose their place.

Laurie Anderson and Hsin-chien Huang: La Camera Insabbiata is at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, No. 181, Section 3, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10461 until February 25, 2018.

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