credit: Secret Garden by Stephanie Dinkins
NEW INC, the New Museum’s cultural incubator based in New York, presents Secret Garden, an immersive storytelling installation that combines audio vignettes told by black women with dynamic, responsive visual feedback. The work is experienced as a non-linear episodic narrative of a multi-generational past, present, and future simultaneously. Conceived by artist Stephanie Dinkins, Secret Garden is inspired by autobiographical, ancestral, and futuristic experiences that highlight black female consciousness throughout history. Secret Garden is the culmination of the Nokia Bell Lab’s Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) residency program that engages NEW INC alumni and Nokia Bell Labs researchers for a year-long collaboration to produce new works of art that are enabled by Bell Labs technology. Dinkins collaborated with Emmy-award winning creative company Scatter, using Depthkit — a product incubated by Scatter during the inaugural year of NEW INC.