This fusion of digital and physical experience imagines a future in which New York is underwater, as projected by climate scientists. Boats quiver overhead in a nautical traffic jam, and the smallest oceanic life forms, essential to planetary health, hover close to viewers in Times Square. Unmoored, a 21st-century mass apparition, invites participants to question their place in reality and connection to all life on Earth. After you’ve been unmoored, how will you rise?
Unmoored is a free, mixed-reality app developed in collaboration with Microsoft.
To download and for more information: www.unmoored.nyc
Unmoored is presented in partnership with No Longer Empty and the Queens Museum as a part of Mel Chin: All Over the Place, an exhibition spanning nearly four decades of Chin’s wide-ranging artistic practice – at sites including the Queens Museum, Times Square, the Broadway-Lafayette subway station, and streaming online with Soundtrack — creating an infinite loop of the artist’s thinking about our world and how we choose to occupy it.
For Times Square, Mel Chin uses the sculptural installation Wake and companion mixed reality experience Unmoored to open a physical and virtual gateway to the future of human existence, inviting participants to contemplate their place within the world’s transforming climate.
Mel Chin: All Over the Place, including Wake and Unmoored, received lead support from the Henry Luce Foundation, Ford Foundation, Agnes Gund, Ann & James Harithas, and Ellen & Bill Taubman, with additional support from Sarah Arison, Surdna Foundation, Suzanne Deal Booth, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Annette Blum, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Red Bull Arts New York, and Jaros, Baum & Bolles.
Image: Mel Chin, Wake Study, 2017. Study by the artist. Courtesy the artist.