Porcelana is a wall-mounted multi-faceted piece comprising of multiple layers of different types of 3D ceramic tiles.
The sculpture is illuminated through the use of black and white animated geometric patterns that oscillate and shift over the multiple extrusions of tiles, further extending their overall dimensionality and relief. These animations alter from being 2D to 3D and from chaotic to structured creating a dimensional interplay that enhances the sculpture, giving it an indistinguishable enigmatic characteristic. In addition, compositions of multiple patterns are projected simultaneously, mapped them to the different tile surfaces allowing for a limitless variety of kaleidoscopic collages.
A sophisticated rhythmic sound work made up of ceramic tile recordings mixed with high fidelity electronica samples is intrinsically linked to the vision, creating a multi-dimensional and multi-sensory synesthetic field of light, sound and form. During it’s production the artists utilised a creative process heavily reliant on cross-referential feedback allowing them to tightly fuse the sonic and visual ingredients into a singular streamlined amalgamation. In effect, it looks like the sound, and sounds like the vision.
When these elements are fused and enhanced through the reflection from the tiles on the surrounding walls, an engaging chimerical environment is produced. The piece aims to conjure a sense of the inexplicable; there are subtle references to the enigmatic religious artworks of ancient cultures yet through the use of modern software processes it paradoxically presents a new form of technological contemporary art that can be dynamically enhanced at will.
The work is a 5-minute looping composition that commences with minimal and definable elemental components and gradually evolves into the sum of its parts, concluding in a rapid and highly complex crescendo. The effect culminates in an abstract meditative experience that allows analytical thought to be effortlessly over-ridden by experiential perception.
Sound by Chiara Kickdrum.
Special thanks to Luca Costanza from Earp Bros for initiating and enabling this project.