Snow Crash Launch at Power House

Snow Crash by HARRIET BIRKS (Video Animation)

‘Snow Crash’ is a virtual landscape that draws on the aesthetics of early flight simulators and low-fi computer graphics. It embraces a finite world of reduced planes akin to sci-fi concepts of the ‘metaverse’ in Neal Stephenson’s ‘Snow Crash’ or the ‘Autoverse’ in Greg Egan’s ‘Permutation City’.


The world we live in is becoming more networked through technology with the likes of Google Earth, online games and social networks (to name a few). However this world [created by Harriet Birks] exists in a beautiful emptiness that is outside the mainstream networks. This space can also be described as the relics of civilisation situated it in the distant future.

Not a tricky concept to wrap your head around, however if you can get your head around the last sentence then you should be experiencing a paradox. And if you are lucky to have a sense of humour then you may also be swimming in a parody. If you get both then you should call your mum and tell her you’re going on a date with me.

Snow Crash by HARRIET BIRKS (Video Animation)

WHAT: Launch Event, Saturday 10 October, 3 – 5 pm
WHEN: 10 October – 6 November, 2009
WHERE: beta_space, Cyberworlds Gallery, Level 1, Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
CURATOR: Julia Burns

The audio track crackles with static interference suggesting possible radio transmissions from unseen origins. Pulsing black spheres and clusters of quartz crystals float eerily in the sky.

In a simultaneous glance back at the past and its post-apocalyptic narratives of the future, it provokes questions about our current direction and our changing technological landscape.

Harriet Birks is an Audio Visual artist and a lecturer of animation at COFA, UNSW.


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Filed under Big picture, Clear thinking, Exhibition, Harriet Birks, Insight, Point Of View, Virtual Reality

One response to “Snow Crash Launch at Power House

  1. Steven

    I always think this is kind of like a journey between legs, the hills on either side are like the knees. Leading endlessly and inexorably to nowhere.


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