Brody Condon
DefaultProperties, 2006
Modified Computer Game, Custom Computer

The first in a series of re-interpretations of Late Medieval Northern European religious paintings, DefaultPropeties is a non-interactive, animated recreation of the baptism scene from the Triptych of Jean des Trompes by Gerard David from 1505 using current game development technology and visual styles. When plugged into a projector and power, a small custom computer automatically starts and displays the work. This “self-playing” game depicts a twitching, chubby figure with a horrible skin disease apparently lost in prayer in a Northern European medieval landscape next to a bored man in furs idling by the river with a flaming sword. Meanwhile the sky is filling with a swirling extra-dimensional portal from which is emerging a astral being of unknown but seemingly royal nature.

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