Artists / LORRAINE OADES (QC-CA)
Lorraine Oades's First Contact is an interactive installation that brings together UFOs, world annihilation, and gaming culture. The piece consists of four television sets made of plywood (a material first mass-produced during World War II to build airplanes used in large-scale aerial bombing) and a customized Theremin armchair, which emulate a mid-20th century North American aesthetic. Viewers are invited to take a seat and control video and sound by moving their hands over proximity sensors that are built into the Theremin chair. While First Contact deals with fears associated with advanced technology, mass destruction, and warfare, it also engages the public in a uniquely creative and playful way.