TRIPTYCH – 2013


A wooden panel conveying a message from an alternative future.

A3 digital printouts on plywood








The triptych was inspired by the radical millenarianism of the Anabaptists in combining the aesthetic of a futuristic prophesy with reflections on the nature of the public domain. It includes variations on the idea of space as property and the representation of space as publicly available – and proposes that they the geographic, geometric, and ideological order of space have a symbiotic relationship with each other.


The formation of the hypercube can be seen as an updated version of millennialist ideology, though taking an alchemist perspective of what may be possible rather than the finality of a heavenly kingdom. It suggests that alternative futures may rely on shifting perspectives, and that a utopian future can thereby be achieved through a shift within the collective imagination.


Additionally, the representation of a hypercube on a two-dimensional plane is relevant to the triptych wherein an image had been manipulated to take on the shape of a three-dimensional object – capable of carrying its own weight as a free-standing form.











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800 x 230 cm


[Intallation view here.]





Explanation of Component # 1 (Geometry & Revolt)




An image of Barking – a region chosen for the
fact that events leading up to the Peasant
Revolt of 1381 had happened in the area
– captured on Google Earth. The image is
transformed into a vertical plane.




The image is repeated nine times to bring out
a pattern formed by the intersections between
private property and public parks.









The plane is doubled to give the coordinates
for a cube.+
Cube #1
And doubled again.


Cube #2
To form the coordinates of a hypercube.

=
             Hypercube






The hypercube is repeated as a mirror image
- both of which point toward the middle of the
horizon.
























Explanation of Component # 2 (Astroid & Island)



21 Lutetia and a floating island from Second Life.



21 Lutetia* is an astroid (132x101x76 km). It was
photographed by the European Space Agency's
Rosetta probe in 2010. The photograph of the
astroid introduces a more literal incarnation of
space: outer space. Meanwhile, the photograph of
the astroid is publicly available as part of ESA's
archive (www.esa.int) whereby it fulfils its role as a
public institution in cyberspace.


The picture of 21 Lutetia is alternatively on top (right
side) or bottom (left side) within the astroid / island
composition. The symbolic potential of an astroid
may imply an apocalyptic collision, while the floating
island may imply that of an idyllic paradise. The
alternating hierarchy between the left and right
panels offers an alternate outcome within the symbolic
order of the image.


* The astroid is named after the city of Paris, which
bore the name Lutetia in Roman times.














Explanation of Component # 3 (Background)



A view of a sunrise from within Second Life.


















Explanation of Component # 4 (Tiling)



A method for creating a large-scale pictures by tiling A3 prints along a grid.



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