Another Side of In features the work of visual artist Marjorie Minkin, her musician son Mike Gordon, and creative technology expert Jamie Robertson. In the exhibit, Minkin's 10 Lexan painted relief sculptures resembling abstract human torsos are paired with 10 looped sounds from Gordon's album Inside In. Robertson provided custom-designed, embedded processing technology that responds to the presence of people by triggering music and lighting effects.
"Mike and I have always wanted to collaborate on a multi-media exhibit that would combine his music with my visual art," Minkin said. "A few years ago, we began working on Another Side of In after Mike's album Inside In was released. Mike provided sounds extracted and customized from his album, and I was inspired to create Lexan reliefs while listening to the looped sounds. It was wonderful to work with my son and Jamie Robertson on this exhibit."
Through Robertson's contributions, each sculpture generates sounds based on your location and communicates wirelessly with all the other sculptures in the exhibit. Information about locations of visitors dynamically alters lighting, both on individual pieces and throughout the exhibition. The artwork is an evolving, interactive environment of beautifully choreographed sound and light that responds to the movements and participation of people within the space.
"It's always important to me that technology serve the artistic vision rather than drive it," Robertson said. "Another Side of In was a great opportunity for applying some of my expertise to help realize Marjorie and Mike's ideas in a way that's both engaging and fun."
Since reopening in spring 2007, Boston Children's Museum has been introducing families to a variety of different art experiences in The Gallery. With Another Side of In, the Museum offers its first multi-media installation, a place where art meets music and technology adds magic.
"Everyone, not just regular museum-goers and art-consumers, should know that art can be more than paintings on a wall or bronze sculptures," said Bridget Matros, arts program manager at Boston Children's Museum. "To grow a new generation of artists and appreciators, it's important that we expose kids to dynamic art forms they can relate to in immediate and literal ways. This interactive multi-media installation is perfect for us. The fact that two of the artists are a mom and her son makes it even better!"
Another Side of In is part of the Museum's eighth annual Art Meets Music celebration on February 21 that features art-making and live music in the Art Studio. The exhibit is sponsored by iZotope, Inc.