Video Installation • 2017
Public art commission for Wynyard Station, Sydney
The Unknowable is a mediation on our changing relationship to nature in a globalised, disconnected virtual world we now so effectively navigate through digital media.
The work shows five distinct virtual plant forms, evolved using custom computer software that mimics biological evolution and development. Each of the five forms is derived from plant species native and significant to the Sydney region.
The plants slowly disintegrate, decomposing into their fundamental structural component – the polygon – then reform anew in an endless cycle of destruction and reconstitution.
Playing on contemporary global anxieties such as terrorism, biodiversity loss, digital fragmentation and the looming spectre of climate change, The Unknowable is a lament for that which we can never really know: our nature.
The work usually screens in September and October each year at Wynyand Syation (York St entrance), Sydney.
Prior to developing the version for Wynyard a three-screen video triptych was produced. Designed for 3 x UHD (4k) monitors in portrait format, this version, developed in 2015 is shorter in duration and contains fewer evolved virtual plant forms than the Wynyard station version.
Concept, programming, animation
CGI Lighting Director
SensiLab, Monash University