Geological Field Trips into the Digital World
Look at the digital device you are using right now to read these words and scroll through the works selected for you this month. The screen may look perfectly flat but the interface is designed to trigger mechanisms in your mind that make it feels as if it was tridimensional. The disposition of the windows and tabs creates a geological environment; your interactions affect how deep the digital canyon of your screen is. Every time you open a new window, the others underneath it go deeper and deeper generating ravines, pointed peaks and plateaus. It is the user’s needs and organisation strategy that affect the landscape of the desktop which becomes a map to inhabit.
The works selected reflect on our use of digital devices in a way that reminds the approach of geologists, exploring and mapping what constitutes our spatial and temporal experience of digital technology. It’s not only a certain fascination for our digitally structured habits that these works share together, but also the push to look at how these change over time, as if they were samples dug in the deepest and most remote angles of the planet.
Curated by Filippo Lorenzin
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You are a drone. A small device flying over the surface of Venus. The latest Karma-Drone model that moves lightly like a teenage thought. The temperature here is warm. The atmosphere optimal. The Universe surrounds you; dark matter, cosmic dust, quasars, galaxies, asteroids, meteorites, other planets. You are on Venus and you fly several meters above the ground. Slower than any living thing. Fragile, healthy, an ideal machine. A perfect device that does not brush against anything, without any kind of friction, that does not consume fuel, a beautiful solid mass. The only artificial being on the planet. Aerodynamic, brilliant, mirrored, perfectly polished. You reflect everything around you. Every detail of Venus above and below you appears on your housing for a few seconds. Your chrome-plated back. Grazing you in a way. You are an elastic, sensitive device. Serenity in suspension. Pure drone vapor. A celestial specimen.
You are calm. You express those feelings into the Cloud. You share them and you receive the warm response of the others. From far away, millions of stars away. There is nothing like the present. This is the Now. A sweet and comforting uninterrupted present. You are relaxed. Dead mountains, dead plains. An empty planet. You feel the carbon dioxide. You breathe it in. The perfume of nitrogen in the air, its density. Neon, argon, helium, carbon fluoride, hydrogen chloride, carbon monoxide, water vapor. The stones of the surface are very far away but you can see the rocks with precision, their geometry, the random distribution, an unbearable attraction. It´s sexy. You can feel its weight; 170 tons, 40 tons, 230 tons and the light stones of 11, 6 and 20 grams. Nothing disturbs you. You cross the main plateaus and some lowlands. Atalanta Planitia, Guinevere Planitia and Lavinia Planitia. All named after female figures. You cross Ishtar Terra, passing close, almost touching the foothills of Maxwell Montes, the highest peak on the planet, 2 kilometers higher than the highest mountain on Earth. An incoming call. Then you cross the clouds of sulfur dioxide, cirrus and a mist of sulfuric acid. You are a quiet drone like a muscle at rest. A machine that moves silently through the atmosphere. Smoke, gentle smoke.
Now you are dreaming. You're a drone that is dreaming while in flight. A software has taken full control of the distance and direction. Another program recalculates the vital guidelines while you advance in your sleep. In your hallucination you are all of the soft things. The latest designs in the industry, tender shapes, ergonomic figures. The helmet of two millennia, the pause between the conversations of young people. A yoga ball, a crossfit machine, a facial prosthetic, a 3D elbow, a sphere slipping in essential oil, moving from A to B. Never from B to A. Pure Present. You are flying in Auto Mode and you are dreaming of hydrogel, foam, graphene, metamaterials, hydrophobic materials, silicone molds. In your dreams you are an artificial jellyfish, the voice of Eviebot, a latex leg extension, the smile of two Japanese Siamese, two wise Siamese. A motorcycle smeared in animal fat, an electric Zerotracer motorbike, a synthetic oval wrapped in 90 kilos of fat. Smoke.
A thick white fog again in your dream, a long time of Nothing. Now you are a puddle of antifreeze liquid. A huge puddle of liquid, a deformed mass expanding through a floor of white tiles. You have become a fluid with low internal resistance. A low viscosity, soft, volatile puddle slowly evaporating in the heat. Disappearing little by little. Gentle smoke, gentle smoke.
Mit Borrás. Meditation Digital Video, VR digital installation, 7 Minutes. Voice Kim Rosario. Sound ©Purple Planet Music. 2018
Artist of April 2021 -> Mit Borrás
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CreditsCode based on Three Js Library Geometry Terrain example and Interactive adaptation of original Venus Vapor project by: 👉 Solimán López