Thursday, April 19, 2007

I.C.A.R.U.S. -Take A Trip On A Homemade Ship! April 21st, 5-10 pm

Mass College of Art's Studio for Interrelated Media graduate students have constructed a rocket ship designed to simulate the experience of space travel. Come take a ride on April 21th at Mass College of Art's Doran Gallery between 5-10 PM.

I.C.A.R.U.S. questions our reliance on the Internet as a primary source of entertainment and information. This crew of space pioneers will explore our changing definition of play and escapism by constructing a rocket ship that offers a simulation of space travel. Using schematics, diagrams, and data gathered from Internet sources as a point of departure, they have built the structure out of accessible information and discarded materials.

The possibilities for escape through the internet are limitless, and while the web often provides positive opportunities for connection and the sharing of knowledge, these virtual distractions can also slowly chip away at our own childish abilities to pretend and imagine. I.C.A.R.U.S. plays between our online virtual imagination and our organic imagination in the physical world. Take a trip on a homemade ship, and join the quest to return to the delight of childhood.

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