RGB Land

RGB Land 2006

RGB Land 2006

Music: Eric Wenger

Generative virtual-reality installation

Woodstreet gallery, Pittsburgh, USA

Technical element:

1 PC, 3 videoprojectors

Sizes: 60 ft x 9.8 ft

Software: Eric Wenger

Technical production: Voxels Productions

The desert landscape, which regularly moves towards us, could be filmed by a drone, or seen by a raptor but no kind of life is there to deviate it from its flight plan. This could be in Arizona just as it could be in New Mexico, but it is nothing like that. Everything, the earth, the water, the sky, comes from the calculations of machines, the computation of algorithms and fractal models.

Continuously, we are moving towards the infinite in this procedural landscape which envelopes us. However, we are only exploring a tiny part of a world that has been globally mapped. The gigantic map, which looks like a seismic study, precedes the existence of this region that is nothing more than an extrapolated detail. Consequently, it is the map which makes the territory and not the other way around.

The framing, just like the image's sharpness, evokes panoramic photography, which, as soon as the second half of the nineteenth century, placed the viewer in an immersive situation. Our eyes are impossibly attracted to the far distance just like we contemplate the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich.

The singularity of this landscape also resides in the saturated colors - reds, greens and blues which cover it. And we think about the Robert Smithson's Earthworks. But, here, the rain is not at all a threat to this artifice inside such artificial nature. This strange territory, which has already succumbed to fractal erosion, now appears to us frozen in its movement.

Texte by Dominique Moulon