Mind at Large
Brandon Aleson, Benjamin Van Citters, Reilly Donovan
Jan 6 - Feb 24, 2018

Interstitial presents Mind at Large a site-specific installation by Seattle based artists Brandon Aleson, Benjamin Van Citters, and Reilly Donovan. The exhibition takes its name from Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception, in which the author argues that certain experiences disable the filter of consciousness and enlarge perception. Through virtual reality and installation, Mind at Large explores the various modes of navigating the space between the digital and physical.

With the gallery painted in opposing red and green walls, the installation references the Cornell Box, a standardized 3D environment used to test the ability of software rendering engines. Objects are placed throughout the gallery: a print, a table, and a bookshelf. Sounds and symbols derived from Huxley’s book are embedded into the virtual environment, allowing viewers to touch, manipulate, and question their comprehension of everyday objects. Introducing a paradox between psychedelic escapism and domestic space, Mind at Large questions the physical world’s impermanence as our perceptions of reality move farther into the digital.

Photos by Joe Freeman