Kota Data Cloud

Opening Reception for Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2015 Photograph by Carly Ann Faye

Opening Reception for Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art; Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2015; Photograph by Carly Ann Faye

This was a Rampant Interactive project commissioned by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation for their Fall 2015/Spring 2016 exhibition, “Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art.” It was later licensed and installed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for their Summer/Fall 2016 exhibition, “Creative Africa.”

The full-room game installation was designed to help visualize the data collected by engineer Frederic Cloth from the corpus of Kota reliquary figures (guardian statues from central Gabon and the Republic of Congo). Ultimately, the goal of the installation was to make the data visualization enjoyable and educational for visitors of the exhibition, giving each of them an opportunity to see and compare the similarities and dissimilarities of the figures on display. The unique “closer-looking” exercise encourages visitors to engage in thoughtful, open-ended play, allowing them to engage with and appreciate the artworks in a new way.

Along with my colleagues at Rampant Interactive and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, I assisted in the interaction design of the installation. I was also the lead visual designer of the game (though much of the beauty of the interface can be attributed to the captivating Kota drawings by Frederic Cloth).

Opening Reception for Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2015 Photograph by Carly Ann Faye

Opening Reception for Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art; Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2015; Photograph by Carly Ann Faye