A few weeks ago I began exhibiting my new interactive installation Loopwave: Tomorrow 2.0 at the Jepson Center in Savannah, GA. It was created entirely in TouchDesigner, with exception to textures exported from Illustrator. All these textures are based on Zhou Fan's original artwork. This piece's concept is based on the ongoing pandemic, more info can be found after the videos and images.
Telfair Museums Exhibits Innovative Coronavirus Artwork
SAVANNAH, GA (July 2, 2020) — Telfair Museums is exhibiting the world’s first large-scale, interactive, technology-based artwork referencing the novel coronavirus.
The 8-foot by 5-foot Loopwave: Tomorrow 2.0 installation is a collaboration between Savannah artist Greg Finger and Chinese artist Zhou Fan. Viewers interact with a colorful, geometric world projected onto a screen, and their movements attract virtual virus particles that disrupt and change the abstract landscape. The longer humans linger, the stronger the influence of the viral particles becomes.
The work demonstrates that “individual impact on society and the collision of human and viral culture has never been more relevant,” the artists said.
Finger, who has a BA in sound recording technology from the University of Massachusetts, spent six years in Chengdu, China. Zhou, who has an art degree from Shanxi University, has had work in major exhibitions from Beijing to Dubai.
“We’re proud to present one of the first touchless interactive art installations that addresses the current pandemic,” said Harry DeLorme, Telfair’s senior curator of education, who organized the work’s display in the Jepson Center’s TechSpace gallery. “The fact that this is an international collaboration between an artist in Savannah and an artist in China I think makes it even more relevant. Visually beautiful and poetic, the work reminds us of the ongoing threat that may be either magnified or reduced by our individual actions.”
Loopwave: Tomorrow 2.0 went on display when the Jepson Center and Telfair’s two other sites in downtown Savannah—the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters—reopened June 26 after a three-month closure because of the virus. All three museums are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday and closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
For information on admissions and safety procedures, visit telfair.org/hours-admission.
About Telfair Museums:
Opened in 1886, Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the South and features a world-class art collection in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District. The museum encompasses three sites: the Jepson Center for the Arts,the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, and the Telfair Academy. For more information visit telfair.org.