Scaling the universe
A broad scope of the universe lies within the walls of the Arsenale of this year’s Venice Biennale, “May You Live in Interesting Times”. Data-verse 1 by Ryoji Ikeda seamlessly merges together art and science, inviting viewers to find themselves amongst the many facets of nature that make up the universe, from the microscopic to the macroscopic.
In a data-driven world, Ikeda provides a juxtaposition between the organic and the technological, reminding us of the natural elements that make up our universe which are then digitally collected and translated. The images morph in flow with what is described as a “time axis”. The breadth of information absorbs the viewer standing in the dark, and space and time suddenly slip away. And yet, as we are inundated with information from microscopic explosions of protons through streams of visuals scaling up to the stars, we are reminded of time as an element that builds, shifts, and manipulates existence as we know it. And our existence, as it seems, is far more complex than we tend to realize.
All Images > Ryoji Ikeda data-verse 1, 2019 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, May You Live In Interesting Times, Photo by: Avezzù, Rondinella, Galli, Salvi Courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia