“3x3x6”

3x3x6 is the standardized dimensions of a prison cell, and the motivation behind artist Shu Lea Cheang’s new exhibit at the Palazzo delle Prigioni. Cheang explores the imprisonment provided by sexual, racial and gender norms, particularly the increase of such “omnipresent imprisonment in this new digital age.” This large immersive installation spans four rooms, featuring a central 3D camera surveillance tower. I found this setup particularly interesting, as it inserts the viewer into the installation, making it immersive in multiple dimensions. (People can also visit digitally, sending selfies from over the internet.) As soon as a visitor enters the exhibition, the tower scans their faces and modifies the image, in discussion of traditional identification techniques.

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