Artist Kelly O'Shea with the portal to her virtual Dunedin,
a computer game in the Dunedin Central Library Teen Space.
Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A portal into a virtual art world has opened in Dunedin.
The innovative installation, ''Dual-Jewel'', starts as a
computer game in the Dunedin Public Library, before taking
players on an adventure tour of the city.
''It acts as a sort of gateway to the art world out there in
the real world, but looks very different to that, sometimes
boring, reality,'' artist and contemporary jeweller Kelly
''It's not just for people who are predisposed to the arts
community. I wanted to explore how open and accessible public
galleries are to people who don't usually use them. It's
about engaging an alternative community,'' she said.
''The project questions the role of the artist as
entertainer, the role of the gallery as a public space and
the role of the gallery audience as a general public.''
The computer game was designed by project collaborator Toki
Wilson to particularly appeal to teenagers.
The viewer enters the installation as a computer character in
the library, before setting off through a virtual Octagon
towards the Blue Oyster Project Art Space in Dowling St.
''People can choose how they engage with it. But we hope
people will then physically visit the Blue Oyster to continue
the adventure,'' Ms O'Shea said. Maps to a secret third site
are at the Blue Oyster Project Art Space, while a live-stream
webcam transmits images from the third site back to the
gallery. A free shuttle bus will travel from the gallery to
the third site between midday and 1pm every Tuesday,
Wednesday and Saturday.
''Dual-Jewel'' is a Blue Oyster Art Space project and is on
until October 26.