(Railyard) | MANIAC Virus
The MANIAC Virus: a story of biological warfare, the nuclear age, modern technology, and our capacity to heal. In cosmic war with the Zorinthines, Caretaker revolutionaries unleashed a virus in the Worlds of the Far Between. When Enrico Fermi split the atom, he unknowingly opened a gateway in our Continuum, allowing this virus to enter our world. Dormant until Fermi brought it with him to Los Alamos, the virus merged with the first “MANIAC” computer. Evolving alongside technology, it reached pathogenic power via modern smartphones. Now afflicted Zorinthines have come to our world seeking remedios, their recovery is bound to our own. This story is told with sculptures, 3-D paintings, zines, and film, and made interactive via augmented reality.
Collaborators: Rachel Ortiz, Theresa Roybal, Whitney Jones, Jonah Hoffman, Tomoki Sasaki, Starr Woods, Ommar Bribiesca