For the month of July, Miso Susanowa's installation State of Mind II has taken over. Looking at the presidential seal, it seems very fitting for July.
Upon landing you see a blue button on the floor that says "State of Mind, Office of Mental Security. In front of the landing area, you see a machine and a handful of signs. The machine is an inspection table complete with conveyor belt and a bucket with a head in it. That's a bit scary. Right away you realize that the "state of mind" is not a healthy one. The state of mind is one of paranoia and fear. In Miso's words it is "about the State invading your mind. Propoganda."
I met Miso when I landed one night and I'm so glad I did.
Don't forget to enable sound. Miso assigned sounds to parcels. And please do take a copy of Miso's RFID arm band. There is also a Security Bubble that you can take.
Walk inside the building to see more propoganda signs and listen to the sound, both music and speech. Follow the yellow/black path to reach Room 101. That is where you can find info about this installation in a briefcase. Miso calls it "the payoff...tools & information." If you are not wearing the RFID arm band you will be ejected and sent home. You cannot enter the room without the arm band.
This art work uses text "torn straight from today's headlines" and even some clippings from the past.
FreeWee added in her marching droids, a nice touch. As they march, you can hear how their feet crunch along the ground.
This installation is so full of sound. You can even hear several radios, shotguns, even electrodes sparking. There are 3 radios. One radio has Soviet music, one has American propoganda music, and the third radio plays the Imperial Death March from Star Wars.
On the 19th, DJ Walt was spinning tunes from 6-8 pm SLT. It was a great event.
While you're here, you will be periodically scanned by ROVER Enforcer 1, a small droid. He needs to verify your identity. He scanned me at least twice and failed to authenticate me. And so I was promptly ejected and sent home. It was quite strange and I'm glad Miso was near so she helped me. The message I received in local chat was:
ROVER Enforcer 1: Identity Victoria Lenoirre Unvalidated! You are not authorised to be here! GO HOME AND COME BACK WHEN YOU ARE A GOOD CITIZEN.
It's a funny message and we didn't figure out the problem. But eventually ROVER decided I was a good citizen so I could stay. Yay! :-)
Miso told me, "what's weird is that once they've found you, they narrow in on you more."
If you look up to the ceiling you will see pillar cams. The cams follow your movement.
It took her months to gather up all the images and make the posters. She made the "See Something" posters. Those are parodies of a particularly nasty ad campaign in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.
Just before you get to the movie theater you find the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Shooting Gallery. You can "shoot" any number of people like Achmed the Butcher.
The movie theater is right before you get get to Room 101. Will you find a seat or just peek in and leave? It looks empty. You'll see why when you visit.
There is also a Crimestop Retraining Center which is the first door on your left once you step inside the building.
Please come visit before this month ends! There is much to see and much food for thought here. And for some it will be as a walk down memory lane...
Have fun and enjoy the art!