Gallery Write Up #2: Interactive Design

The Queering Space Lounge is located in the Llewellyn Gallery in SET. The Llewellyn Gallery is located on the 3ndfloor of SET on SUNY Alfred State’s campus. The exhibit opened on February 2nd, 2018. I visited the pieces multiple times on various dates to see if my interpretations of the pieces would change. My last day of observing was on February 25th. The exhibition contained two pieces. “teXt” was created in 2004 and “Xq28” was created a year later in 2005.

The pieces in the gallery were both designed by Tammy Renée Brackett. The topic of the two pieces have to do with the way in which genetics are differentiated between different people and the effects that it can have on their lives as well as society. Both screenings heavily relied on text to get their messages across. “teXt” was a composition made up of four-hundred and seventy-three pages of the letters “G”, “A”, “T” and “C” (guanine, adenine, thymine and cytosine). The text is scrolled randomly with random values of light applied to the font. This creates a futuristic high contrast moving image that will keep your attention drawn to the screen at all times. The second piece, “Xq28”, was composed of various words flashing on the screen. This was accompanied by a constant droning sound with little to no bend in the frequencies. The constant drone mixed with the words flashing at random speeds draws your attention to the screen.

The presentation was about the natural occurrence of deformities in genetic code and their ability to be included inside a system with genetic code that has no oddities. What we consider to be the “norm” is not truly normal; nature does what it wants to do and we must learn to accept that. What also grabbed my attention was the speed in which the words appeared and then vanished on the screen for the “Xq28” piece. Changes in nature can occur so fast that we don’t have time to react to them but once it happens we must accept it. The contrast of black and white in both pieces represent the X and Y in the bodies chromosomes and the words themselves represent the overall genetic composition.

This exhibit relates to our course by showing how even in a randomized format, text and certain layouts can be executed in a way that allows them to work. While many artists will try to focus and make everything “perfect”, this exhibit displays that imperfections make the pieces better in their own special way. Some may find this method of execution lazy, but to others this makes the piece have its own special flare that separates it from other works of the same type.

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