[ISEA95] Paper: Victoria Vesna — Installation “Virtual Concrete”


This piece is based on a paper The Wild West and the Frontier of Cyberspace. An 18-foot concrete path was constructed upon which lay larger than life electrostatic images of seemingly dead/ fragmented male and female bodies. Once the paper was removed, the remaining pigment bonded to the concrete, thus creating a digital fresco. The viewers in the physical site walked and crawled on the art, reading the text, triggering sounds of cybersleaze and legalese via sensors, all the while being watched by a camera/eye connected to the Net. Those away from the concrete virtually participated as voyeurs, watching who was walking on the bodies, talking into the concrete, constructing and commenting on bodies in the gallery. The Concrete Path was part of the Veered Science show at the Huntington Beach Art Center (California) in 1995. Its virtual site is at http:// www.arts.ucsb.edu/concrete


  • Victoria Vesna (USA) is an installation, video and performance artist. She is currently Assistant Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara teaching electronic intermedia. Recipient of various awards and grants, she has presented a number of solo exhibitions and has participated in many group shows.