KUNST in de Nieuwe Digitale Wondere Wereld 10
John Gerrard – Alternatieve werkelijkheid
John Gerrard is een Ierse kunstenaar die perfecte, digitaal nageootste omgevingen maakt die in hun eigen tijd en ruimte bestaan. Het gaat hier letterlijk om alternatieve werkelijkheden.
Exercise (Djibouti) 2012
2012; Simulation; Dimensions variable;
Further developing Gerrard’s realtime portraits of physical locations, Exercise (Djibouti) 2012 harnesses simulation and motion capture technologies to create a temporal collage in which disciplined athletic bodies perform a perpetual militarised exercise of strategic capability and intent. On a simulation of the barren landscape of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, two teams of computer-generated figures meet daily at dawn to initiate a series of cryptic gestural routines – precise, repetitive, faintly antagonistic.
Just as the landscape is a painstaking, extremely complex reproduction of an actual space that was generated using photographs and satellite data, the figures in Exercise (Djibouti) 2012 were generated by engaging a group of elite athletes in training for the London 2012, whose actual movements were converted to data with the latest motion-capture technologies. Neither completely synthetic nor strictly real, the work exists in ‘real time’ (Djibouti: GMT +3 hours), orbiting over a yearly cycle that incorporates the movements of sun, moon and stars.
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Using customised game-design software to craft stunningly accurate virtual worlds, Gerrard projects a complex digital moving image that eerily develops in real time and will continue to do so over the next 30 years. The viewer joins this hyper-real scene three years into its slowly unfolding story on a desolate Midwest prairie: