Artist Parasol B.
Depiction is an interactive installation using multiple mediums ranging from the most traditional--paint, canvas, photography--to the newest of the new--smartphones, geo-locational information, crowd-sourcing and the web. Viewers of the Depiction paintings, located at Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe, use their smartphones to scan barcode paintings. This is just the first stop for the viewer/participant in this installation. From there, the participant is instructed to find a variety of specific sites within walking distance in downtown Chapel Hill. At each site the viewer is given specific instructions, via barcode, to stage or compose a photo, using their smartphone, then submit their photo to the resulting community-created photo collection. Parasol B enjoys the challenge of trying to remove barcodes (QR codes specifically) from their usual context. A cluster of tiny, printed black and white pixels, which encode information for consumers of products and services becomes a large, loud and colorful hand-rendered, apparently abstract painting. Except that it is not abstract. It, too, encodes information, but for the purpose of engaging its viewers in a cultural way. Historically, the expected rules of behavior for viewing artwork in traditional settings have left Parasol B frustrated. So, she has forcibly reversed the "don't touch", "quiet, please" and "no phones" policies for potential viewers/participants who wish to experience her interactive multimedia artworks. parasolb.com/shows
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