n=7 / The Wake in Heat of Collapse

Friday, January 16th 2015

SIGNAL is pleased to present Rachel Rossin's "n=7 / The Wake in Heat of Collapse," a virtual reality simulation that employs the structure of side-scrolling gameplay to create an immersive, Oculus Rift-based experience.

Descending into a 3-dimensional Dantesque underworld, the viewer navigates a landscape of hacked architectural and video game imagery, algorithmic collages generated from famous paintings (e.g. Guernica and Klimt's The Kiss), corporate signage, browser logos and clippings from scenic destinations. These radiant environments provide participants with a window to sights unseen, and culminate with the experience of witnessing a crumbling staircase made of Susan Sontag's "Against Interpretation."

An homage to the mock-fragility of life as a video game character, the participants of n=7 will experience gravity as a variable force as it diminishes from each level according to a compounding sequence of Fibonacci numbers. The installation will last for one night only, and players will have their gameplay displayed at SIGNAL in real time.

Special thanks to M ss ng P eces, Tekserve, and Mikey's Hook-Up for making this presentation possible.

Click here for images from the exhibition.

Read the mention in the New York Times: "Rachel Rossin's Virtual Reality Installation in Bushwick"

See photos from Purple Diary: "N=7 / THE WAKE IN HEAT OF COLLAPSE" at Signal Gallery, New York"