May 01, 2007
Espace 528, Montreal, QC, Canada
Continuous Structures is an immersive video installation integrating a combination of digital animation, video projection, and a room-sized architectural construction. The project is conceptually rooted in the idea of phenomenal transparency, a term used by Colin Rowe and Robert Slutzky to describe the simultaneous perception of two objects in visual space, in which one object is behind the other. As phenomenal transparency is constructed by a mental fabrication of two surfaces whereby the implied layers of a composition appear to have oscillating depth, it acts as an optical event and can be regarded analogously to the phenomena of virtual reality.
Using the line drawing of a parallelogram as the basis for the project, the installation explores how a single building block of digital information can be added and subtracted to create endless patterns which organize and dissolve into infinite landscapes. The viewer experiences various aspects of this projected abstract landscape in a parallelogram-shaped room, allowing one to "enter" the drawing in a visual and haptic manner. In an effort to decode this destabilizing, geometric visual field, the viewer is confronted by the tensions that reside between the virtual and the concrete, the body and simulated space, and the possible and the real.