Musician and multimedia artist Erika M. Anderson (EMA) ensnares us into her own world of music, spoken word and virtual reality at the Barbican.
Portland-based artist EMA can be described as a bit of an avant-gardist. Her most recent album, The Future’s Void, is about the Internet and the ever-encroaching virtualisation of society. She’s an artist that isn’t afraid of commenting on the digital world. And her upcoming performance, I Wanna Destroy, accomplishes that and more.
You’re taken into her immersive virtual-reality word. A nifty device known as an Oculus rift further glorifies the full experience. It’s a virtual-reality headgear that, when accompanied by the music, can fully channel the solemn and poignant environment that EMA creates.
Excerpt from EMA’s I Wanna Destroy performance in Queens, New York.
I Wanna Destroy is a part of Doug Aitken’s 1 month long exhibition, Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening. A project of his that brings ‘together a fusion of leading international and UK-based’ contemporary artists in all fields, including EMA. Her collaboration with developer Zach Krausnick and the software company, Chroma are what allow this unique cybernetic world to exist.
This performance has already proved to be a success in the states, and it’s now travelling across the pond. It’s come for those select few who wish to turn on the virtual-world, tune in to her sound, and drop out at the Barbican.
Tickets available here
7th July at 19:30, Art Gallery. Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS