La Camera Insabbiata
La Camera Insabbiata is an interactive VR work that Hsin-Chien Huang created in collaboration with US artist Laurie Anderson that received the Best VR Experience Award at the 74th Venice Film Festival. This work was created in the immediate aftermath of the two artists losing their family members, which inspired them to contemplate their perspectives on life and death. Huang and Anderson were especially touched by the Tibetan concept of “Bardo,” which refers to the gradual dissolving of the consciousness and memory of this life within seven days before the soul can proceed to the next stage of reincarnation. The “world of chalkboards” in La Camera Insabbiata is a reflection of this concept, and the large chalkboard symbols the human memory; although it can be repeatedly written on and wiped clean, residues of old memories remain. Countless gigantic black boards construct the space of the vast universe, just like a massive memory maze, and audiences can follow the sound guide and wander within the VR, like thoughts meandering in the mind. The work includes eight different rooms, such as the “Cloud Room,” which contains a text galaxy that resembles a spinning nebula, and the “Sound Room,” which features a sculpture shaped by the audience’s speech or singing. La Camera Insabbiata transforms abstract emotions and memories into figurative and physical entities that allow interaction and for audiences to become one with the room. The process of wandering in the different rooms is like gazing into eight mirrors that reflect the self, encouraging viewers to experience their true emotions and sensory experiences.