"Flying" is an immersive art installation with a 3D animated game. Each participant enters a bird nest looking structure and sits on a tree stump to interact with the game by flying through otherworldly landscapes in the form of a butterfly. Participants have to extract wings that are separated and buried in the ground, put them together, attach to the body and then the butterfly takes flight. After 1-2 minutes the butterfly returns to the earth and sheds its wings. The installation touches upon the ephemerality of life cycles and the playfulness of flying. On a larger scale, "Flying" explores the use of technology, interactivity, and gaming to create a synthetic yet natural experience.
Yuko Oda's sculptural installations, drawings, and animations have been exhibited at Calvin-Morris Gallery (New York), Lumenhouse (New York), Beijing Today Art Museum (China), Maki Finearts (Tokyo), Gallery Aferro (New Jersey), 3RD WARD (New York), and the Artist Network Gallery (New York), among others. Her work has been in numerous international art fairs including DIA Center (New York), Art Supermarket (Stockholm), Art Miami Basel (Florida), Bridge Art Fair (New York), Diva Art Fair (Paris) and Scope Art Fair (New York). Oda obtained her MFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design. She was an art resident at Chashama North in 2010 and the Vermont Studio Center in 2008.
Theodore Johnson works in the technology field by day and helps artists develop their vision in his spare time.