Mind Sets project description

From music swapping to distance learning to virtual town meetings, network culture has transformed the ways we interact with the world around us. Yet few denizens of the global village understand how their contributions help shape the network that ties them together. Mind Sets offers global villagers a glimpse behind the computer screen at the vertiginous matrix of information that holds our society together.

The spectacular exhibition design, by the New York-based architecture firm LOT/EK, fills Frank Lloyd Wright's signature rotunda with a metal lattice, allowing visitors for the first time in the building's history to walk out into the cavernous interior. From interactive stations on the catwalks, visitors can call up Internet projects on large screens stretched across the grid. The selection and placement of the projects on view will be determined by visitors' choices rather than by a predetermined curatorial agenda; Web sites that receive more attention will rise toward the screens nearer the skylight, while those sites that languish will sink back to the rotunda floor. Meanwhile, a series of time-based artists' commissions will chart this system's evolution against time-based phenomena in the outside world, providing a long-term vision of the dynamic unfolding of both the installation and the global network it renders visible.

Mind Sets is co-curated by John G. Hanhardt, Senior Curator of Film and Media Arts, and Jon Ippolito, Associate Curator of Media Arts, Guggenheim Museum. Consultants to the exhibition include neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, author of The Feeling of What Happens and Descartes' Error.

Overlook of the Rotunda from Ramp 2

Image courtesy LOT/EK Architecture and the Guggenheim Museum.
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