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Shortlisted for an interactive arts BAFTA, Desert Rain is a pioneering mix of virtual environment, performance and installation. Six players head out together into a world of virtual motels, corridors filled with tonnes of sand and unexpected interactions to find their targets.
This package includes a book that combines features on the project from computer scientists, ethnographers, critics, theorists and the artists themselves, alongside a DVD documenting the work. The DVD includes video interviews with a soldier, a journalist, a peace worker, a tourist, an actor and an observer of the Gulf War.
Blast Theory with the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, 2000, Book and DVD, 25 mins.
The renewed interest in artistic practices as well as in institutional collaborations with artists seems to be driven by a positive vibe, by an interest in changing the governing structures...