As if by Magic

HokusPokus, Michele Barker and Anna Munster, 2011, interactive installation.

LEA Volume 18 Issue 3
Volume Editors: Lanfranco Aceti, Janis Jefferies, Irini Papadimitriou
Editors: Jonathan Munro and Özden Şahin

ISBN: 978-1-906897-18-5
ISSN: 1071-4391

Reference: Anna Gibbs, “As if by Magic,” eds. Lanfranco Aceti, Janis Jefferies and Irini Papadimitriou, Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Touch and Go) 18, no. 3 (2012): 58-59.

As if by Magic
by Anna Gibbs

In Munster’s and Barker’s new work, HokusPokus, a robotic environment comes alive when we make our entrance, transforming darkened space into responsive place enabling exploration of the relationship between our attention and what we see or what we miss via engagement with the entrancing performances of a consummate stage magician. He performs his magic, but it is we who are staged so that in observing ourselves we might discover something about both what it is and why it is we fail to see.

Full article is available for download as a pdf here.

The artworks in the article are © Michele Barker and Anna Munster.

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