The Observer is a moving painting that takes us through rich and vibrant digital landscapes, observing strange new lifeforms as we go. Created using Emergence: an AI computer system that Allen developed in the late 1990s as an art tool to build virtual worlds alive with artificial life. The Observer provides a contemplative environment that feels both natural and synthetic. It draws the audience into a world of moving abstract forms with their own rules of behavior - and we as observers can see new ways of being.
Rebecca Allen’s artwork, which spans four decades and takes the form of experimental video, large-scale performances, live simulations and virtual and augmented reality art installations, addresses issues of identity, gender and what it means to be human as technology redefines our sense of reality. With degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she moves fluidly between artist studio and research lab. Her work is part of the permanent collection of Centre Georges Pompidou, Whitney Museum of American Art and NY Museum of Modern Art.