Bill Viola: Will there be condominiums in data space?

posted Mar 26, 2012, 9:01 PM by Nick Bader   [ updated Aug 16, 2018, 2:23 PM ]
This is a fun article full of interesting observations.  My favorite part is the introduction, in which Viola makes interesting observations about perception and memory.  The point of the article, however, comes later.

To Viola, it is in part up to video artists to ensure that the use of the data space is worthwhile (without condos!)  Interestingly, much of Viola's article makes me think of computer games, suggesting either that we have our work cut out for us, or alternatively that I am not very imaginative.

Parts of Viola's description of the future of data space ("total spatial storage" demonstrated by the Aspen project, and recalling the Holodeck from Star Trek) brings theater to mind, like the immersive work of Punchdrunk.  Or am I just coming back to computer games?  Perhaps that condominium has already been built.