The Origin of The World 2013
Music: Jacopo Baboni Schilingi
Generative and interactive virtual-reality installation
Woodstreet gallery, Pittsburgh, USA
2 PC, 5 videoprojectors, 2 infrared sensors
Software: Cyrille Henry / Antoine Villeret
Technical production: Voxels Productions
The Origin of the World is inspired by the world of biology, microorganisms, and cellular automata. Cells multiply in abundance, divide, and merge in sometimes slow, sometimes rapid rhythm on a generative music by Jacopo Baboni Schilingi. Each cell functions autonomously, yet in coordination with the others, like cellular automata. Cells multiply in abundance, divide, merge, and proliferate at a sometimes slow, sometimes rapid rate. Everything comes together, comes apart, and changes shape at top speed. These organic universes mingle sometimes with constructivist universes made up of pixels. These unstable, black-and-white megapixel tableaux gradually give way to vivid, color-saturated spirals. An organic world or a pixilated one, this artificial universe somehow seems to meet up with the universe of living beings. This is a new kind of “technological Baroque” art that gives form to the formless while perpetually replenishing itself. When the viewer moves, the trajectory of the cells is disrupted. Sinuously rippling curves bring back to life the artificial paradises of the Nineteen Seventies. They create unprecedented visual experiences that are not unreminiscent of psychedelic universes. In the end, what this installation does is pay homage to Mexican muralist artists, such as Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, whose mural paintings, executed in public spaces, made art accessible to the great majority of people.