Rejecting the pixel-perfect match between video projection and volumetric screens sought in the popular video mapping technique, Oli Sorenson’s latest installation creates a willful mismatch, throwing light and surface into a tense dialogue. Sharp rays bleed over the edges of a three dimensional geometric composition, creating a mesmerising perceptual experience.
The reduction of visual elements to the graphical motive of the stripe, a favoured device of abstract minimalists and op artists alike, is an abrupt contrast to the theatrics of much video mapping, and serves to integrate the graphical surfaces and three dimensional forms of the installation. The use of video mapping references the extension of video onto the built environment, as moving image increasingly pervades urban public space
The strong formal composition of Anti-Mapping reflects Sorenson’s renewed engagement with objects, as he challenges the traditionally biased relationship between projection and screen. This focus on the forms that underpin the projection is not without a nod to Daniel Buren’s Supports-Surface collective. The objects resist their role as passive receptacles, and engage in an active dialogue with the projected image.