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In the exhibition Treading Lightly, the illusionary aspects of projection have been utilized to create flexible and phantastic space, where regular possibilities feel as though they are suspended. A series of three works, use the technical methods of projection and virtual editing to discuss the convergence of the analogue and virtual realm as well as the overlap between the digital and natural worlds. These works, based in animation are activated in physical space through sculptural means.
Each artwork, functioning together, offers an alluring and naturalistic escape to the outside world as a way to explore the intersections between the digital and natural world. Cloud Gazer, a hypnotizing digital display creates a cloud field in which one can become transfixed. This work, placed in the upper corner presents a surreal shift of architectural space, where our perceptions and understanding of our environment become altered. Through this installation, one is able to reflect on our engagement with the natural environment during the digital age.
These works recognize the numerous ways we have already been living in a somewhat synthetic reality, where cellular screens are suspended in our eyeline, redirecting our paths and predetermining our decisions. Treading Lightly reflects on the ways that our daily routine has been shifting towards both a natural and digital way of being in the world. The organic, familiar materials embedded in each artwork range from organic earth like metals, water textures, to manipulations of our own organic human form. These textures are presented through the digital container of projection, as kinetic elements on the surface of cut-out, sculptural forms. The containers move and gesture uncannily, beckoning for a viewer’s attention before slipping into the seams of space.
These projections offer a virtual window to the natural world. With organic colour and texture, natural light, and an uncanny, elastic motion these works appear alive, providing a form within which we can re-evaluate our relationship to our surroundings and environments as we venture further into the digital era.