Soft, Fluffy, and Virtual
by Cindy Ludlam
This piece can be viewed from three venues, the ImmersaDesk,
the Access Grid, and the physical installation.
- Physical Enclosure
The enclosure (approximately 7'L x 4'W x 8'H) has hundreds of knitted
cats attached to inner walls. Cat sounds play through eight attached
loudspeakers, and looping video of cats being handled is projected
onto a section of the wall.
Up to eight specially marked cats contain switches which enable
sounds to be triggered in the enclosure at the approximate locations
of the cats. Additional altered cat sounds (triggered by VR/AG
participants) play from other locations. A video feed of the inside
of the enclosure is provided to both AG and VR viewers.
The viewer navigates in a world containing cat models. Video from
the enclosure is texture-mapped onto a surface. When cats are
triggered from the enclosure, the VR cats are animated.
AG viewers see video from the physical enclosure as well as video
from other AG nodes. A rendered view of the VR world is also
provided. AG participants take turns navigating with laptop software
which uses mouse and/or arrow-key input to change the rendered
- Technical Requirements
Standard AG hardware and software is required. Sites which wish to
navigate in VR must also provide computers running Windows '98 or
Windows 2000. The VR navigation software will be distributed on the
- Artist's Statement
When I was a little girl living in rural Kentucky, I came across a photo
of a two-headed Kitten. Over time, I became aware of other mutated
animals. I also began to notice that many people in my town were diagnosed
with cancer. Later I found out that a factory in the area had polluted
the water. I have long experienced a discomfort in response to the chaos
embodied in human life.
In Soft Fluffy and Virtual, I attempt to create an interactive
environment that explores the idea of space becoming uncomfortable. This
is done by subverting objects and sounds that have traditionally comforted.
I create an environment that attempts to surround the viewer by exciting their
sense of light, touch, and sound. I entice the viewer into an apparently
comfortable environment and then subject them to a potentially
Minds Eye Yarn and the Tuesday Knitters especially Lucy Lee
The Graduate Sculpture Faculty
The SFA Visual Arts Division Administration
- Artist's Bio
is a first year graduate sculpture student at Boston
University School for the Arts. Cindy received her B.F.A. from the school
of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a multimedia installation artist.
Last year she was awarded a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center
and this year is the recipient of a Deans Scholarship to Boston University
School for the Arts . Recently, her work has been supported by the
Northwest Neighborhood Foundation in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited
in several Chicago area galleries and has been collected privately.
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