Students collaborated with visiting artist Dawn DeDeaux, exploring
her work ”Hess in Dallas,” a digitized theater rendered
to human scale in an actualized 3-D environment. The technical
experimentation addressed synchronization of computerized 3-D
effects with a corresponding physical space.
The students also tested a 50% mirror glass, which rendered
special effects together with coordinated film and computerized
manipulations. The workshop emphasized research in the arts and
humanities and cross-cultural currents belonging to mass media.
The subject of “Hess in Dallas” is Nazi war criminal
Rudolf Hess, deputy fuhrer and once Hitler's second in command.
After a failed secret flight to Britain to negotiate a deal with
Churchill, Hess spent the remaining years of his life in Berlin's
Spandau Prison. Incarcerated in isolation until the age of 92,
Hess was not allowed to read newspapers, yet was allowed to watch
television. It is reported that Hess became obsessed with the
TV series Dallas until his death, which like J.R.'s, provoked
further conspiratorial theory.
”Hess in Dallas” explores the “lebensraum” (living
space) of Rudolf Hess in physiological, physical and historical
by Artist in Residence Dawn Dedeaux and Architecture