Gallerydrive / The Grand Illusion

Immersive Installation

Berlin, 2006

Gallerydrive / The Grand Illusion is an all-in-one 1990’s immersive media art museum machinery drive-through videogame-like real world cyberspace installation.

Trying the installation myself
Martin W. Maier

The visitor takes place on a self driving seat, which moves him through the installation. He is driven into a large machine, the “Robotik Room”, which assembles itself to a whitecube that surrounds the visitor completely. This whitecube contains a little exhibition which focuses on the most fundamental elements, or “atoms” of virtual reality, which are basically pixels in primary colors. Those pixels are presented largely magnified, which gives the viewer the chance to investigate their potential of creating virtual images and spaces in a comfortable way.

The video on top of this page shows the installation as it was set up in my workshop. Due to the limited setup space in my workshop, the introduction sound of the ride can not be perceived in an adequate duration. This will be corrected in a public show by enlarging the track towards the Robotik Room. But since this sound plays an important role in the dramaturgy of the ride (it is supposed to open the viewers mind for the upcoming show by phonetically brainwashing him), you can listen to it here (I recommend to listen that via headphones):