Version (720) of "Quartzite/Quartzite", Digital Video, Full HD, video loop: 9:22, 2017
Composed of a digital video and a written conversation (Download here: oneofthem.me/files/gimgs/323_2017-feuilledesalle-affiches-gorostidi.jpg), Quartzite/Quartzite is a project developed by Julia Gorostidi during a residency in the Rhône Alpes region of France between January and February 2017.
Constructed as a dialog between a natural object and its computer generated image, the work uses the autobiography of a quartzite stone as a script to freely depict the geological history of the region while at the same time questioning our tendency to humanize nature and non-human objects.
Based on a discussion that the artist had with the geologist who introduced her to the rock, the text is a conversation between a four hundred million years old stone and its new-born digital simulation. Thought as a reinterpretation and a reapropriation of this story by the digital stone, the video presented alongside the text shows the 3D model experiencing its past as it could have understood it.
Mainly concerned with identity representation and human subjectivity, Julia’s work often question the relations between storytelling and self-construction. In Quartzite/Quartzite she applies her generic concerns to the non-human and reflects on how we see and represent nature in our digital and mental worlds.