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.

11am 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
  • COVID-19 Update

    In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, and help keep the community safe and healthy, our summer exhibitions have closed early. We are working with our artists to minimise the effect the closure will have on them and will be reviewing our programming options. In the meantime, we look forward to connecting with you virtually both here and through our social media channels.


    We thank you for your understanding in these difficult times.

  • Location

    First floor galleries

  • Patron notes

    Ages 8+

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

    Please read our FAQs as well as the VR Health and Safety Notice before your visit

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