Documentation of a test for the special effect 01 to happen during the interruption between sequence 1 (Babylon) and sequence 2 (Jerusalem). Work commissioned by PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art), Portland, OR, USA, for the inaugural of the Institute, March 2000.
My first attempt of moving images from one location to the other, before the technology made it available through moving projectors.
L'Architecture du Paradis is a spatialized installation involving a series of 5 video sequences projected onto four wide walls, whose projections are periodically interrupted by sound and light effects.
The sequences depict five ideal cities. Their order of appearance is:
Babylon, Jerusalem, Atlantis, New York, Paradise.
There are 3 main problematics involved:
• The major archetypes that historically and mentally permeate the Western world, as successive counterpoints to dreams of happiness: the lost paradise (the Temple, in other words, the tomb, and Eden, the garden of Earthly Delights) or the promised land (the Celestial City: the ideal city, the egalitarian society, the great march of progress, the global planet of communication, etc.)
• The notions of political transparency and access, or exclusion.
• The status of the invisible.
For additional information see sester.net/lachitecture-du-paradis/
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