Laurie Anderson & Hsin-Chien Huang | 9 February – 19 April

Presented in association with Perth Festival

Enter an ordinarily white gallery space to find the walls filled with gestural drawings, scrawled across all surfaces, reaching the ceiling. Don a virtual reality headset and step deeper into an immersive world, in which you journey through an enormous structure made of words, drawings and stories. Once you enter this realm you are free to roam and fly. Words sail through the air. They fall into dust. They form and reform.

Created by pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson and Taiwanese new media artist Hsin-Chien Huang, Chalkroom is a virtual reality experience unlike any other.

Rendered from hand-written text, gestures and chalk marks this is a world where the power and impression of words, lyrics, stories and text reigns. Allow yourself to roam through the corridors and pathways of words, accompanied by Laurie Anderson’s unmistakable and indelible voice.



Chalkroom has a maximum capacity of 4 persons per session, however session capacity is subject to change without prior notice due to technical issues.

10.30am First session of the day
4.30pm Last session of the day*

*Except on Fridays during February for PICA After Dark, when the last session will be at 7.30pm.

  • Artists
  • Laurie Anderson
  • Hsin-Chien Huang
  • Dates & Times

    Saturday 8 February
    Doors open 5pm
    Please note: You may walk through and enjoy the installation in the gallery space however the VR experience will not be running.

    Exhibition continues
    Sunday 9 February – Sunday 19 April
    Tuesday – Sunday

    PICA After Dark
    The PICA Galleries will be open until 8pm on Fridays 14, 21 & 28 February.
    The last session for Chalkroom will run at 7.30pm.

  • Location

    First floor galleries

  • Session information

    No advance bookings
    Limited to 4 seats per session

    Sessions run every 30 minutes*:
    First session 10.30am
    Last session at 4.30pm

    *Session capacity subject to change without notice

  • Patron notes

    Ages 8+

    Children between 8 and 12 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

    Please read our FAQs before your visit

    If you have any access requirements please get in touch with us at or 08 9228 6300.