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"Karst" is multi-level virtual reality visual and sound experience/artwork that creates liminal spaces in between the representational and the theatrical, the limited and the multi-dimensional, and the abstract and the real for people to visit and experience. The multiple scenes in Karst reference a variety of places in our reality that is being limited to be visited because of various reasons, revealing human’s relationship to the larger world. It pushes the boundaries of landscape art by putting natural ecologies and human environmental interventions in dialogue through immersive VR. It also attempts to embody the concept of Plato’s cave in the medium of a virtually constructed realm, providing a contemplative environment for the visitor to wonder, walking and teleporting within the control of the wireframed virtual hands that are given to them.
Snow Yunxue Fu is a new media artist and an Assistant Arts Professor at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She holds an MFA in Studio Art and BFA in Painting from the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation (FVNMA) department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a BFA in Painting from Southeast Missouri State University, and a BA in Fine Arts from Sichuan Normal University in China.
Using topographical computer-rendered images and installations, Fu’s practice merges historical painterly, philosophical, and post-photographic explorations into the universal aesthetic and definitive nature of the sublime. With a background in painting, she sees her transition into new media as a natural extension of her conceptual research in which she draws parallels between the physical, metaphysical, and multi-dimensionality. Her interviews and reviews have been covered in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Arebyte on Screen, Sedition, and etc.