The Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT) presents a doubleheader of immersive projections from January 15th to February 20th. The first projection entitled Carapace is a short film directed by Mary Franks and Kadet Kuhne, who present this immersion through audiovisual self-conception as an embellishment unfolding architectural spaces. In sum, the project is an immersive audiovisual performance about the fashioning of the self expressed as ornate, unfolding architectural spaces.
“The ego is that with which we give ourselves form, a construct by which we ornament and protect ourselves and the shapeless, excruciating nakedness of raw being. An intimate space, encasing soft strangeness and formed over a lifetime, a shell is architectural yet individual. Over the course of the performance these elegant, articulated spaces inspired by shells and exoskeletons will grow and take form, dance, and ultimately dissolve into nothingness.”
The second projection Quantum & Nimbe was created by 1024 architects. Quantum is thus an installation designed specifically for the Satosphere as a numerical singularity provoked buy the clash of quark-pixels based on major physical theories. Otherwise, The Satosphere is a new instrument for the creation of tangible, inclusive and immersive experiences, placing the audience at the very heart of the audio-visual experience. Audio and/or video, movies or visualisation projects, dance or games programs: come and explore new conceptual and sensory territories on a human scale. That said, Joanie Lemercier and James Ginzburg want to introduce the spectator to a dystopian universe where a menacing nature and austere monochrome landscapes serve as a backdrop to a battle between light and darkness.
For my part, I have been especially captivated by Quantum. In the room, we were sat on a seat inclined towards the extended 360 degree screen. Throughout the short film, the images were projected simultaneously through 8 projectors. The moment that we watched the screen, we had the sensation of being literally behind the screen. I felt alone with my soul in an unknown place. When the movie was finished, the entire audience was submerged in a quiet silence. Personally, I highly recommend this experience because as a human we are a constant in a universe that is always in movement. We are always thinking about everything without having the power to turn our minds off. When I was in the Satosphere, I felt like a particle detached from my body. To accompany this multisensory experience, the simultaneous images were combined with haunting sounds of violins.
As an art historian, I find that the proposed SAT literally meets the virtues of a work of art. On the one hand, the projection is looking to fill the sensory aspects of the viewer. Since the modern art, artists have considered to the painting, the ideas that artwork can evoke many sensory effects by themselves. On the other hand, a museum perspective is as important as the exhibition because they combine to create a whole interpretation. Many art historians defended the importance of museum impacts on an interpretation of a work. This technological immersion presented in Quantum & Nimbus project and Carapace, in sum, defends these virtues since the viewers are required to participate in these projections.
By Alexandra Frappier.