Taking its inspiration from magical realism, Southern Gothic, Tennessee Williams, and much more — act five of Kentucky Route Zero presents an unusual collage of touchstones for a young art form generally consumed with self-references.
Recreating the Sounds of Antarctica
With dripping, creaking, flowing, artist Katie Wood and scientist Grant Macdonald build an uncanny aural simulacrum of a melting continent.
Marriages, Labor, and Odysseys: The South Asian Diaspora Tells Its Own Stories on Instagram
Academia often treats migrants as homogenous. Social media provides a way to present their narratives in an open and empowering manner.
Decode This New Video Game’s Story Using Surveillance Footage
The new game Telling Lies turns players into detectives, having them sort through surveillance footage to understand what to look for and find the truth.
Finding Human Interest Stories in Virtual Reality
YouTube creator Syrmor talks to people in an online social game. Their stories are often harrowing and emotional — even though they’re coming from the mouths of cartoon characters.
In the Hands of Meme-Makers, One Image Has Many Lives
Currently, a broad part of online communication consists of people reinterpreting a shared pool of references. There’s no better showcase for this than various subcultures putting their own spins on popular memes.
The Future of Conceptual, Immersive Art Hasn’t Quite Arrived
The Gray Area Festival’s attractions like Inferno and the ISM Hexadome drew upon images of hell and Thom Yorke to illustrate its vision of audience-participatory art, but the festival itself demonstrated that technology alone is not enough.
What the “Can You Pet the Dog?” Test Reveals About Modern Video Games
Across social media, various players love to test game realism. What do the limits of this realism say about the future of the medium?
The Nostalgic Melancholy of YouTube Urban Exploration Videos
Many channels have made popular videos about “scary” things like abandoned asylums or amusement parks. But there is a different trend which reveals the mundane decay of the suburbs.
Occupy White Walls Game Lets You Simulate Developing Your Own Blue-Chip Gallery
A van Gogh might be impossible for most of us to own in real life, but this computer game makes it a simple transaction
A Cat Woman Guides an Unusual, Interactive Tour of the Walt Disney Concert Hall
As someone deeply skeptical of technologically aided “interactive” art, I found this to be a thoroughly novel and captivating experience.
An AR Installation Submerges the Whitney Museum in a Coral Reef of Plastic Debris
Tamiko Thiel’s “Unexpected Growth” is an augmented reality installation on the future of oceans and climate change.