July 8, 2021
Meng-Yu Yan’s work ‘Black Butterfly’ is currently on show in the online festival/digital exhibition Caldera 360º. ‘Black Butterfly’ is an installation inspired by Chinese shadow puppetry, mythology and memory.
Inspired by the lockdowns, border closures, and global restrictions of COVID-19 in 2020, Caldera 360° is a reimagining of performance for a new post-COVID world. Incorporating elaborate video recordings with a 360° perspective and an interactive online platform, designed by Martin Baker and with soundscape composed by Clemence Williams, Laurence Rosier Staines’s virtual arts festival recreates the in-person experience while also injecting online perks. Baker’s web design, in particular, generates an atmospheric homage to the coronavirus with blurry, twisted shapes and squiggles floating through the background and the user/audience member/player wading through this space like a protozoa in a petri dish.
Directed & produced by Laurence Rosier Staines; website by Martin Baker. Enter Caldera 360° here.
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