Translocative Realities


Date: 2019-11-15
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Atkinson Hall Theater/VRoom/SunCAVE
Host: Jurgen Schulze, Michael Trigilio


For one night only, artist Margaret Dolinsky’s “Translocative Realities” will premiere at the Qualcomm Institute on UC San Diego campus. Attendees have the chance to explore abandoned boats in a shipyard through high-resolution imagery projected on the Qualcomm Insititute’s floor-to-ceiling theater screen and virtual reality facility, the SunCAVE (as featured on KPBS). The event will include a conversation with the artist, as hosted by Jürgen Schulze (QI/UC San Diego Computer Science and Engineering Department) and Michael Trigilio (UC San Diego Visual Arts Department). 

The combination of video art, virtual reality and photographic imagery in “Translocative Realities” is the result of research which began at UC San Diego with the development of a stereo camera capturing system for creating virtual environments. The synthesis of 360-degree stereographic imagery combines with a whimsical painterly sensibility to generate landscapes whose qualities can be experienced for their vastness and for their surface qualities.

Artist’s statement:

“In a multi-lateral examination of three-dimensional virtual worlds and realistic landscapes, I have discovered a new spatial context for my artistic research that allows me to express presence through the power of data collection. This artwork resulted from standing in unusual landscapes in Australia and across the United States, including a boatyard in Coos Bay Oregon. Initially surrounded by two long forgotten boats, I felt cocooned in a makeshift cave, once again exploring projections on walls. The decaying and textured surfaces team with the colors of rot and chaos to emphasize the boat’s history as a killing machine and its continual presence as a grave marker and testament to death and abandonment. In the resultant video, ‘239268,’ named for the boat itself, I have extended my ‘examination of portraits’ as an ‘examination of the portrait of a landscape.’ Where I once would typically draw someone by revealing an aspect of consciousness, this time, the portrait is not of humans but of what has been left behind by their actions.”

RSVP requested to The event is free and open to the public. Showing begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Atkinson Hall Theater/VRoom and SunCAVE, followed by a reception with light snacks at 7:00 p.m.