Dream House

2013 Eyebeam Fellow Katie Torn’s Dream House on view in the Eyebeam Storefront October 24th through November 9th. Opening Reception on October 24th 6-8pm

Cost: Free

The American imagination demands the real thing and, to attain it, must fabricate the absolute fake.

– Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality.

Dream House is an exhibition of 2013 Eyebeam Fellow Katie Torn’s hyperrealistic digital prints and video works. Torn’s work employs 3D computer software used for Hollywood films, commercials, and first-person shooter video games to create virtual sculptures that reflect her observations on American consumerism, technology, and its impact on the body. Inspired by Cubism and Futurism, art movements that strived to find new ways to express life in the industrial age, Torn’s use of digital technologies channels life in an age where interacting in a virtual space is a mundane activity.

Featured along side digital pigment prints, the titular video piece, Dream House (2013), is a 3D simulation of a “female” biomorphic architectural structure that builds up with consumer products over a seven-hour period. Conventional camera techniques found in Hollywood films used to evoke emotion in audience members, such as close-up and fly through are employed to capture the real-time simulation from multiple angles, providing the viewer numerous experiences of the same scene The piece is a monument to desire and waste caused by a system that manipulates desire for monetary means.

Torn is a digital media artist and professor living in New York City. She studied at Hunter College and received her MFA in Film, Video and Animation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has shown at MOCA LA, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, Union Docs, Internet Week New York, Hyde Park Art Center, Interstate Gallery, and Platform Gallery in New York City. She has also performed at VIA Music and New Media Festival in Pittsburgh, and SPACE 1026 in Philadelphia.


People: Katie Torn