Quantal Quilt is an Artwork initially commissioned by Hybridity for the 2016 Seasons Festival showcase in Vancouver, Canada. It is a geometric projection mapping piece which uses gravity and chaos theory to form its three dimensional shape. The tessellated design of the triangles allows the canvas to fold in geometric, yet also natural ways, an unusual feature in projection mapping surfaces. Each time the piece is hung, it settles in to a unique form, appearing like a low polygon version of itself in a computer generated world.
The core theme of the presented media is the duality of nature and human destruction.
Nature is a recent idea, a construct which derives meaning from its antithesis. Conceptually, nature excludes human interference, which suggests a sense of isolation and alienation from our environment. This results in urban populations fearing their opposite, and nature becomes a source of anxiety.
Urban development and decay are representative of the duality of progress and the environmental costs thereof. Development, invention, growth and expansion left without boundary lead to degradation, pollution, degeneration and collapse. It’s the cost of progress.
The Seasons festival installation used a body sensor to control an interactive artwork. The viewer’s silhouette revealed a glitched cityscape video underneath the peaceful nature video. This represents the duality of nature construct and urbanity through the viewer’s representation in the visual media as a destructive force.