Fernando Ramallo multisensorial shelter no. 1

January 26, 2017 – February 11, 2017 all-day
Champlain College Art Gallery
375 Maple St
Burlington, VT 05401
Christopher Thompson

This exhibition features a new, site-specific installation by Argentine artist and game designer, Fernando Ramallo. Exploring the increasingly blurry boundaries between physical and virtual environments, Ramallo uses multiple projectors, a landscape of soft-inflatable furnishings, game development software (Unity3D), and collaborator David Kanaga’s dynamic procedural musical soundscape to create a hypnotic, viewer-controlled alternative reality.

Multisensorial shelter no. 1 is a hybrid experience, employing elements of both traditional cinema—projection, screens, shared viewing space—and virtual reality—immersion, non-linear narrative, interactivity and dynamically generated synthetic landscapes. Precursors for this work include early virtual reality experiments such as the University of Illinois’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory’s multi-user, room environment CAVE (1991), and Andy Warhol’s 1967 Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Ramallo is a digital nomad working in Argentina, Mexico, Europe, and more recently in Portland, OR. and Brooklyn. He has exhibited at major museums including SF MOMA, San Fransisco and the EMP Museum, Seattle as well as festivals including Indiecade and XOXO.

Ramallo will be in Residence January 23 – 27 and is available to meet with students and faculty.