SIGNALS is an on-going collaborative project by artists Nicolas Sassoon and Rick Silva recently exhibited at Wil Aballe Art projects in Vancouver BC in December 2015 and January 2016. SIGNALS consists in a series of computer generated video works revisiting a broad and persistent theme in both Sassoon and Silva’s practices; the depiction and alteration of nature through computer technology. Each video work displays a dynamic panorama of an ocean infused with a foreign substance, replicating a vision of open waters infected by an abnormal matter. In space, the project takes form as a monumental installation comprised of seamless video projections covering a large screen structure within the gallery space. SIGNALS is exhibited at a specific scale designed to emulate life-size panoramas towards seascapes.
Both based in the Pacific Northwest, Nicolas Sassoon and Rick Silva reflect on their relationship to their natural surroundings through this collaborative project. SIGNALS is a speculative vision of the natural world exposed to permanent human alteration. The project operates like a science-fiction setting; inviting the viewer to contemplate on various simulated realities. Produced by pairing complementary fields of research from both artists in computer imaging, the video works are associated to humming soundtracks evocative of an unnatural presence within the landscape. The manifestation of the work in space also expands on notions of monumentality and immersion through the use of technological displays, objectifying technology as an environment scaled to human architecture.
Hardware and Software Used:
- 3 XWGA projectors - 1 Mac Pro - Wireless speakers - 1 HDMI splitter - Custom built screen: Dimensions:42 feet long by 10 feet tall by 12 feet deep. Materials: projection banner, pine wood, glue, screws. - Video work: computer generated 3D animation, 3840 x 800 pixels, 2 minutes, seamless loop. QuickTime video.