NATURA* Body; Macro (fragment)
2-channel 4K video, 35 min, 2016
This video is a 6 minute fragment of a longer 35 minute piece and shows one screen of a two-channel video installation.
"I am NATURA*,
I am the network, field, and lines of the energy of all the beings,
Stars and galaxies of stars, worlds, animals, minds, nerves, dust.
The lace and foam of vibration that is being itself,
Every part, part of another part and the whole part of each part,
And so comprehensible to myself only as a whole,
Boundless and unclosed."
Always Coming Home, Ursula K. Le Guin
NATURA* Body features NATURA*, an all-encompassing artificial super-intelligence that has managed to become synonymous with the natural world.
In this multi-channel installation, NATURA* oscillates between different states, constantly in motion. We are in many places at the same time; we move through different scales and perspectives. Everything swirls - dilates - mixes - converts - transposes - reorganises - adapts - evolves. We are watched over by an avatar, a strange stranger who is both familiar and very strange indeed.
The work was shot at Trumbull Studio's and uses analogue visual effects techniques pioneered in the 1960s in such films as 2001: a Space Odyssey to suggest a new morphogenesis, one in which the digital and natural become indistinguishable. Carrying in the tradition of these speculative future-oriented films, the project attempts the seemingly impossible task of stepping out of our own human perspective.
Camera and image mastering: John Treffer
Visual effects supervisor: John Hobart-Culleton
Machine generated soundtrack: Ruben Samama
With special thanks to Trumbull Studio’s
Produced during a residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten with support from the Mondriaan Fund and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds