LinienLand (2019)

MIT List Visual Arts Center presents LinienLand (2019) the first installment of an ongoing dialogue between Alicja Kwade and the London-based studio Acute Art. This digital work is a temporary intervention in Augmented Reality (AR) currently in development and sited in various locations around MIT:  McDermott Court, the Upper Courtyard, and Lobby 7.

 This immersive work consists of a gridded architecture approximately 36 feet in height, in which massive spheres rotate like planets in orbit. Kwade considers the structure as a possible multiverse in which each quadrant represents a parallel world within a mathematical, human-made linear system.

 While the digital work is formally related to Kwade’s real-life sculptural installations such as LinienLand (2018) and ParaPivot (2019), the sense of wonderment engendered by the IRL works is displaced onto the illusionism afforded by AR technology and introduces motion as an additional element of the sculpture. Viewed through a customized app, the work appears to be a substantial structure, but is in fact pure information rendered through complex sets of digital data.

 Kwade’s LinienLand is experienced through an app developed by Acute Art. To view LinienLand, download the Acute Art app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store on your smartphone or mobile device.

Select Alicja Kwade, LinienLand, and explore the AR sculpture at each campus location through the viewfinder.