"Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project" and "Toxi•City" at the EVL, UIC

The Electronic Visualization Lab at UIC, the Department of Art and Design, and the Electronic Literature Organization welcome you to attend one of two opportunities to experience new works by Roderick Coover, Scott Rettberg, Daria Tsoupikova, and collaborators.

Tuesday June 17th 3-5 PM and
Monday July 7th 4-6PM

Presentations of "Toxi•City" and "Hearts and Minds" at the Electronic Visualization Lab at the University of Illinois / Chicago: Engineering Research Facility (ERF), 842 W Taylor, Room 2032. (http://www.evl.uic.edu/)

Hearts and Minds: the Interrogations Project: an immersive 3D narrative experience gives voice to stories of abusive violence and post-traumatic stress experienced by ordinary American soldiers who became torturers in the course of serving their country. During the American-led counterinsurgency and counterterrorism campaigns in Iraq in the years after September 11, 2001, the abuse and torture of detainees was commonplace. Hearts and Minds: the Interrogations Project is made for the
affective sensory environment of the EVL’s CAVE2, and is based on interviews of American soldiers conducted by Dr. John Tsukayama. Viewers travel through the domestic spaces and surreal interior landscapes of soldiers who have come home transformed by these experiences, triggering their testimonies by interacting with objects laden with loss.

Toxi•City is a combinatory climate change narrative that generates a new feature-length film each time it is shown. Seven people struggle to survive after hurricanes and toxic events have devastated Philadelphia and New Jersey. These speculative stories of life in a post-industrial wasteland are set against the true stories of deaths from Hurricane Sandy in an algorithmic symphony of contemporary despair. Toxi•City will be presented on the tile wall display in EVL's CyberCommons.

Each of the two works takes about 50 minutes to experience.

Please include your name, email, and which date you would like to attend to reserve a place. There is no charge for the performance and screening.

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