The coolest museum on your computer



While tooling around on the New York Times website yesterday, I stumbled on this:

It's the Adobe Museum of Digital Media, an online-only art gallery with breathtaking graphics centered on a stunning digital museum shaped like giant plant fronds covered in scales. It all takes place in a futuristic world with glowing mechanical eyeballs that float around like molecules, guiding you through the site.



For the art itself, it's an interactive exhibit called Valley, created by Tony Oursler and curated by Tom Eccles. Each icon you click calls up a new work, which is simple in construction but complex in that each one challenges our relationship with modern technology (see: "Uncanny Valley," "Utopian Zone" and "People Search")

The exhibit menu.
  • The exhibit "menu."

Language A
  • "Language A"

Click on a pair of lips in each work and a question or comment pops up:

From Language A
  • From "Language A"

In an interview on the site, Oursler says he also plays with idea of space in his show, a fascinating concept given that it exists in a non-place, a series of computers.

Play with this, it's extremely interactive; there are applications that link to your webcam, and something as simple as changing windows or tabs will affect the piece. But be warned, I work on a pretty fast machine, so beware loading this on something older or slower.

Starting Dec. 2, Mariko Mori of Japan will exhibit Primal Rhythm and in Spring 2011, a show by John Maeda.

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