Three interactive installations by Maureen Lander and John Fairclough
Big glowing strings, black light, fantastic changing shapes and sounds – Hyperthreads transforms the Fisher Gallery into an interactive, fantastic environment. The exhibition which opens on the 21st of July, is made up of three interactive installations in the spaces of the Fisher Gallery.
The first of the exhibitions Digital String Games II, by Maureen Lander and John Fairclough, combines traditional Māori string games with the digital realm. An interactive panel allows participants to manipulate digital ‘strings’ projected onto a giant screen to create a new and unique ‘game’.
Fingers + Figures by Maureen Lander allows participants to explore string figures, one of the earliest forms of moving image to accompany storytelling and songs. Under black light, participants can try making their own string figures, guided by Maureen’s glowing, fluorescent examples.
John Fairclough’s The Semantic Differential is a computer-based interactive exhibit that is a ‘drawing system’ which allows the viewer to create images according to the rules of language. The Semantic Differential uses a language of John’s invention called the ‘Codex Interlingua’ as it converts words or phrases typed at a keyboard into a corresponding image.
Fisher Gallery opening preview invitation, 2000
Fisher Gallery press release, 22 June 2000
Interface: Visions of the body and the machine – ArtAsiaPacific 27, 2000
Hyperthreads – Howick and Pakuranga Times, 20 July 2000
Seeing artwork in a new light – The Eastern Courier, 21 July 2000
The bright lights of Kinetic art – The Eastern Courier, 25 July 2000
Mystery, magic and a maze – The New Zealand Herald, 31 July 2000