Yael Kanarek and Bnode

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Yael Kanarek and Bnode (Judith Gieseler and Innes Yates) elaborate on Kanarek's ongoing multi-media project, World of Awe, an original narrative that uses the ancient genre of the traveler's tale to explore the connections between storytelling, travel, memory, and technology. Here, the artists investigate the diffusion of techno-scientific knowledge into popular culture through a fictional supertoy—the mRB. In the World of Awe's Traveler's Journal, the mRB is a prototype for the moodRingBaby. Resembling an advanced Tamagotchi, the device is capable of holding conversations and telling stories. The project utilizes a 3D web interface that allows the user to browse various aspects of the mRB for clues to its origin, experiences, and character. The mRB web experience is augmented by the physical installation, which incorporates spatial, material and organizational themes.

Yael Kanarek is a new media artist who has been developing her interdisciplinary project World of Awe since 1995. It was selected for the Whitney Biennial 2002 and has been presented at festivals in Brazil, France, England, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Israel, Korea, and the USA. She was awarded a commission for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and for Turbulence.org. Kanarek produces The Upgrade!, a monthly gathering of new media artists and curators, hosted by Eyebeam.

New York City architects Judith Gieseler and Innes Yates founded Bnode, an architecture and design studio, in 2000 in an effort to explore new possibilities for architecture that look beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries and broaden its relevance within other creative practices, new media initiatives and culture.

 
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