Oculus glasses immerse participants into a digital world designed with Tiltbrush, a computer program used to create virtual multidimensional paintings. The exhibition is an intervention on stereotypical representations of the Mexican-US border, ranging from child deportation to the negative environmental and dehumanizing effects of globalization.
The pictures convey a mixture of fantasy and horror, images painted over by pixelated brushstrokes evoke a clash between a colonial past and a modernist future that is both satirical and melancholic.
“When you enter this place [the virtual world], you see all these pictures around, being intervened by an invisible hand, this is made possible by technology… Something that is there, but isn’t there being openly acknowledged. Latinx culture in the U.S. has always been here, but it’s like invisible” Conlisk Gallegos said.
The artist professor, a Tijuana-San Ysidro border native, discusses the issues at the place where the “first and third world collide”. Which is a situation that she is all too familiar with, when speaking about her art.
“I am from the border, and these people are from outside the border doing these interventions, so I think it’s fair to add my input,” Conlisk Gallegos said.
The event took place on Oct. 2nd at the, Pfau Library Wedge, where students and faculty were in attendance to witness and enjoy the art exhibit.
“I think relying on TV is just not good enough. Now that we have such easy access to technology, it’s easier for the truth to be shared,” Edgar Astorga, Administrative Coordinator, said.
The professor’s point created a positive impact in the students and staff who attended the event. She wants students to embrace technology rather than shy away from it.
“Virtual reality is a really cool way people can learn. I think it’s amazing and technology needs to be added to the campus,” CSUSB student Charles Smith said. “If you’re here right now it’s because you're working on your future. So you should be updated with the best technology.”
The next event “Our San Bernardino, Nuestro” will be held Oct.16 from 2pm - 4pm, contact the university for more details.